Here’s a sample of what my clients are saying:


Phil’s session was excellent – it hit the mark perfectly and got everyone in the room in the right frame of mind for the day ahead. – Divisional Chief Executive, Challenger Group

Your session really set the scene for the critical nature of purpose for our People Lead Team offsite – General Manager, People, BlueScope

Very inspiring and lots to think about – Butler HR Team

Loved hearing you speak in Adelaide. I took so many notes! Look forward to going through the promised workbook and understanding my purpose. – Executive Manager, Pineview Village

Perfectly framed for our audience and theme, as well as being thoughtful, insightful, inspiring and entertaining! – Director Executive Assistant Network

You’ve done an exceptional job, valuable personally and in terms of what we can do collectively. – Executive General Manager, Australian Unity

Phil’s engaging style, thought leadership and practical case studies added huge value to each delegate.Director, Australian Food & Grocery Council

There was great feedback from your session and plenty of notes taken – thank you for providing a great start to the day EMT Forum Chair, Challenger Group

Phil was an amazing speaker, plus he was organised, proactive, engaged and a true collaborator in our event – Co-Founder, Social Purpose Institute at United Way (Canada)

Thanks for organising [the masterclass], I found it really inspiring! – Executive Manager, IAG

Our guest speaker Phil Preston was engaging and entertainingAustralian Institute of Office Professionals

Many of our network organisations need to change how they connect with community stakeholders and Phil really shifted their perspective on the steps they must take. – CEO, Fams

Phil is a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter who will inspire any leader to see capitalism’s potential in a new light – Head of Innovation Courses, CQUniversity

Great presentation. Really got me thinking on what might be possible on this front.CEO attendee, Better Boards Conference

Phil’s session helped our delegates understand how they could reframe their internal conversations and step up their game to have greater, practical impact on the big trust issues their organisations and industries are facing.Managing Director, Governance, Risk & Compliance Institute

The format of your presentation was great – I could have continued with that conversation for hours. – Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast

Phil pitched his presentation just right for our audience, and in a very thought provoking and entertaining way.Councillor, FICPI Australia

Thanks Phil for leading us through partnerships and collaborations that push the boundaries and unlock value for businesses and organisations.Vice President, Executive Management Council of Australia

Your presentation was spot on to set the scene for the rest of the day. I was impressed you were able to outline the principles of partnerships in a creative and engaging way.Regional Landcare Facilitator, Central West Local Land Services

Thank you for your keynote on shared value and how it can assist regional development. We have had great feedback from attendees with lots of people wanting to assist us in developing the approach.CEO, Regional Development Australia – Murray



Phil’s style kept the team engaged over the course of the day. He always seemed to have the perfect anecdote to support the messages coming through each of the presentations. Phil played a massive part of making the day a success. – Divisional Chief Executive, Challenger Group

The session was excellent, especially the quality of the case studies, slides, and Phil’s facilitation – National Manager, Learning & Teaching, Governance Institute of Australia

You provided us with a great framework, examples and practical questions to ask – National Sustainability Manager, Glad Group

The discussion gave the various stakeholders in the room a broader perspective of the issues we face and how it impacts what our businesses are trying to do. – Executive Director, Westpac

Thanks to Phil Preston for helping us brainstorm and collaborate in our afternoon session – QBE Foundation Manager

I received a lot of positive feedback about the workshop and your facilitation. People seem to be really keen to start implementing their new knowledge.Coordinator Group Shared Value, IAG

Great session today Phil! Fantastic to have you facilitating the discussion.Marketing & Communications Lead, JLL Australia

Thank you so much for the session today. Great feedback from everyone.Head of People & Advancement, Claim Central Holdings

We recently engaged Phil Preston to facilitate a workshop on the application of shared value principles in driving effective collaborative processes. Phil is an engaging and professional facilitator … and I have no hesitation in recommending his services to others.CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

Thank you, so much for this it’s incredibly helpful and will form the basis of our strategy going forward – General Manager, Port Grocer

Phil is great at recognising issues, opportunities and trends and identifying practical opportunities through conversation and workshop facilitation. We contracted him on two occasions; on both he delivered in full, on time and beyond the brief. – Manager, Member Services, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

Phil helped us empower our board members to become ambassadors – and minutes after the session finished I was thrilled to receive emails from them outlining how they could help! – Partnerships Director, The GroundSwell Project

Thank you Phil, your simple, systematic approach has made a significant impact in this strategic project.Project Manager, University of Wollongong

Phil’s working session implanted the shift in thinking that we, along with our key stakeholders, required in order to improve our thinking about business engagement. The feedback from the group was overwhelmingly positive and we have gained the clarity that we were seeking for our strategic business planning task.Executive Officer, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network



Your thought leadership played a critical role – National Sustainability Manager, Glad Group

I couldn’t have engaged a better person to facilitate the rebrand workshop for our board and management to align and articulate the identity of our company and its renewed focus and direction.  Phil gets the power of purpose as a strategy and provided us meaningful guidance, backed up by research and experience. – Chief Commercial Officer, Speciality Metals

His ability to engage with people, to challenge and to stimulate new ways of thinking, while providing us with a clear strategic approach was highly skilledI would recommend Phil to anyone looking for new approaches to connect business and communities in areas of high unemployment to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. He’s a fantastic connector and is always bringing new ideas and opportunities back to us to learn from other areas on how to keep building momentum. Deputy Director, NSW Dept of Premier & Cabinet

As a community we have decided to focus on youth unemployment and Phil has helped us engage with local companies to open up their thinking around sustained solutions and win-win outcomes.Regional Coordinator, NSW Dept of Family & Community Services

Phil helped us think more broadly about business partnerships to identify and explore shared value opportunities in our goal to improve Indigenous health. Phil has a good understanding of corporate and not-for-profit perspectives and has a great ability to identify mutually beneficial solutions.GM Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Danila Dilba Health Service

We engaged Phil to assist us in developing effective partnerships to attract additional funds, resources and service provision. He easily understood the culture and long term goals of the organisation. His excellent communication skills and ability to understand our requirements enabled him to facilitate discussions with relevant potential partners. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil who presented us with intelligent and easily manageable strategies to move us to the next level.Director of Client and Residential Services, Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home



In a 1-hour zoom interview, I learned more about myself and my business than in the previous six months of grappling alone with my business and life purpose. I warmly recommend anyone still feeling foggy about their purpose to immediately contact Phil! – Clare Feeney, keynote speaker, environmental expert and strategic environmental trainer



The role of business in society is radically changing. Commitment to a social purpose is becoming a competitive advantage, and corporate leaders who want to master this approach need to read this book. – Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School 

During 2020 I have read many white papers and Phil’s is one of the best… If purpose is on your agenda, then you need to talk to Phil! – Executive Director, Hargraves Institute

If you aspire to do good and make money, then this book will fuel your enthusiasm and show you how to use it. If you only aspire to one of those outcomes, this book will challenge your ideas about your own and your organisations’ purpose. – Leading corporate governance expert

What I like about it is that there’s a lot of practical application I can relate to – I’ve read a lot of motherhood stuff in the sustainability area, so this is really important  CEO, Banksia Foundation

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