Phil's current role as Director of Faith & Belief Forum (F&BF) is focused on growing the reach and impact of the organisation which aims to strengthen relations between people of different faith and beliefs.

As one of the leading interfaith organisations in the UK, F&BF has strong education and community-based programmes with lived faith and storytelling at its heart. It has well-respected and diverse partnerships in the UK and abroad, with offices in London and Birmingham.

Previous to his current role, Phil was Director of Programmes at the peacebuilding organisation International Alert.

In addition to his UK work, Phil has had longstanding engagement with peace efforts in the Caucasus, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

After graduating from Cambridge University he trained as a secondary school teacher at Bangor University in North Wales and was a secondary school teacher for seven years, including three years in Papua New Guinea with Voluntary Service Overseas. He began his career in the not-for-profit sector, with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where he worked with teachers on education for sustainability.

He is a trained counsellor and has a further professional qualification in the Design of Conflict Resolution Training from the Eastern Mennonite University (USA), and an MA in Restorative Justice.