“Phil worked with the Advice Services Alliance on an important piece of research for the Greater London Authority. He immediately picked up the brief and ran with it with very little oversight, contributing many insights and original information to the work. He is extremely well organised and operates within a tightly managed project management system which enabled him to undertake a large volume of work in short timescales – always delivering on time regardless of the obstacles we put in his way! He is very personable and formed good professional relationships with all members of the team – we enjoyed working with him and look forward to working with him again in the future.” Lindsey Poole, Director, ASA
“Phil possesses a rare combination of attributes which were precisely what we needed: high-level strategic, fundraising and project management skills; policy experience in the advice, housing and mental health sectors; and the geniality we needed to build relationships across a range of potentially tricky stakeholders. He did a marvellous job for us and was integral in us securing a major grant for a UK-wide project. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!” James Kenrick, CEO, Youth Access
“I thought that the day was extremely useful. We were all completely energised and involved in the topics I have not seen us working together with such enthusiasm before. It was a delight. Thank you for giving us such an enjoyable and productive day.” Dee Conaghan, Chair, Citizens Advice Westminster.
“I wanted to echo Dee’s comments about Friday; that was in fact one of the best development days I have participated in since joining the organisation (way back in 2000)!” Sital Gohil, Central Services Administrator, Citizens Advice Westminster
“Phil assisted Citizens Advice Camden with a major Change Programme during 2019. He helped us design and implement this programme and provided evaluation and feedback mechanisms, a comprehensive Equalities Impact Assessment and an effective progress report mechanism. Given Phil’s skills and knowledge of the advice sector and his understanding of how local Citizens Advice work , are funded and deliver services etc he was a valuable asset – the extra pair of hands you always wish you had in your senior management team!” Margie Butler, CEO, Citizens Advice Camden
“Phil project managed a short term piece of work for us. He was great to work with. He fitted into the team, delivered the work on time and in line with our requirements and always responded promptly and clearly to requests for information and updates. He brings a wealth of social welfare experience to his work which is extremely valuable” Emma Rigby, Chief Executive, Association for Young People’s Health
“You have led, during your time with us, a transformation of the organisation and the advice services that we offer to the population of Wandsworth; the financial resilience of the organisation is immeasurably stronger, through the work that you have done to develop new project areas and attract project funding from a much wider range of funders than we have previously relied on. The move, from nearly complete dependence on the local authority funding to a balanced portfolio of funding, with other funding sources providing 50% of the organisation’s income is a terrific achievement, and one that safeguards the advice service that the local population needs all the more acutely given the wider reductions in advice service funding that have been taking place. Your work to build, and lead, local partnerships with other organisations has been exemplary, and was well demonstrated in recent annual meetings and in the value that the council attached to continuing this work in the recent contracting round.” Jonathan Mogford, former Chair, Citizens Advice Wandsworth