Phil has been an Artist Manager since 1988 managing first The Levellers who achieved 1 Platinum and 5 Gold records with Phil and headlined the Glastonbury Festival before starting their own Beautiful Days Festival. 

He went on to manage The Longpigs, and current clients include Grammy and Ivor Novello winning Matt Hales/Aqualung, Duke Special and Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Phil worked for the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) where he ran NMC Recordings, and EMAS, which he renamed Sonic Arts Network (this and SPNM have now been folded into Sound & Music). 

Phil was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forum from 1997-2007. He co-founded The Great Escape Festival and now runs the Education conference at TGE and Pathways Into Music with Chris Cooke. Phil is Principal Lecturer for the MA in Popular Music Practice at BIMM University, London. He is a lapsed bassoonist.