Phil is a specialist in operations management, procurement and quality systems audit. His main role in the Marketing and Operations Management Department is to teach; in his case it is mainly postgraduate students, most of whom are studying for a Masters' degree. He teaches operations management and procurement to one group of Masters' students, and, quite separately, planning for new business ventures to the MBA and those Masters' students who are studying entrepreneurship.
Phil studied French and German at Leeds University and on graduating became a trainee buyer at British Leyland in Birmingham, in the era when Longbridge had a workforce of 25,000. As a buyer and then a purchasing analyst, he began to focus on costs. His career in purchasing and supply in the engineering industry progressed though a company funded by Citroen, where he became expert in counter-trade, and thence to Standard Telephones and Cable, latterly as Materials Manager. Phil was involved in the switch to optical fibre technology and the massive technological changes in telecommunications, while obtaining his professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the leading professional body representing the field of purchasing and supply chain management.
Head-hunted to a textiles company, where he became commercial manager, Phil found a business that was in terminal decline, due to a fundamental shift in consumer tastes from blankets to duvets, and, after leaving the company, Phil began consultancy work, concentrating on quality systems, auditing and training, and becoming a qualified system auditor. He worked as an adviser for Business Link Gloucestershire, advising on business start-ups and on how to apply ISO 9000. Contacted by the Business School at Oxford Brookes University to help to teach purchasing courses to undergraduates, Phil obtained his teaching certificate and began to teach full time at the University, drawing on his wealth of practical and professional experience.
Phil's postgraduate courses on business planning and entrepreneurship are taken by students who are actually involved with setting up their own small businesses. Each one is unique, and the learning process may be fraught, but he receives great feed back from the students. Some students use the opportunity to commercialise an existing business idea and develop a robust business plan; many others are inspired to do so by taking the course. Popular with international as well as UK-based students, Phil has seen successful business propositions developed in countries as diverse as China, Ghana, Norway and Colombia, as well as in the UK. He is also a visiting lecturer on the entrepreneurship specialism at the Ecole de Management, Grenoble Business School.
Phil has maintained his contacts with the purchasing and supply profession and is a level verifier at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply where he audits the quality of their examination papers. Under their new structure, he chairs the panel and oversees the marking process for their honours level qualification. He also fulfils a quality role within the Business School as the Academic Conduct Officer for the postgraduate programmes. He investigates all allegations of cheating in course work and dissertations, treating them as sensitively as possible, while rooting out the real cheats. As with quality audits, his main role is preventative: in this case talking to students, many of whom have been educated in different systems, about what constitutes British academic standards.
Outside the University, Phil fishes and plays golf, has a house in Brittany, and is very fond of Breton music, especially an oboe-like instrument called the bombard.