About Phil

Phil spent 19 years managing portfolios and overseeing research on $50 billion of investments before walking away from that comfortable life to set up his own practice – helping to bring business and community interests closer together.

He found that philanthropy and corporate social responsibility programs only have so much impact, and aligning profit with social purpose is a means for effecting significant and meaningful change.

In 2013, he was invited to join Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in Boston to advance the application of ‘shared value’ principles, where business use the profit motive to help address social and environmental challenges. He has since become a leading practitioner, author and case study compiler in this field.

Phil is the author of Connecting Profit With Purpose, a book focusing on practical methods rather than idealistic or theoretical approaches.

He works with small-medium enterprises through to multi-national corporations and everything in between, with his client list including Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, Challenger Group, GPT, IAG, JLL, NRMA, QBE and Westpac. Plus he’s worked extensively with not-for-profits, peak bodies, associations and all levels of government.

Key achievements include projects in regional NSW creating sustained employment outcomes for disadvantaged youths, facilitating partnership strategies and engagement, corporate masterclasses, leadership events and pioneering work in the ‘shared value’ field.

As a speaker and facilitator, he distills years of experience into actionable learning, making use of storytelling, audience interaction and a splash of dry humour for a journey of insight and inspiration. Phil’s worked on big stages, in boardrooms, the back of Bourke (literally) and more recently online!

Outside of work he is enthusiastic about coffee, chocolate and socially-distanced trail running!

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