During the first part of his career Phil spent 20 years in industry in the USA, UK and Europe, mainly working in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Phil has had hands on experience of issues such as new product development, channels to market, direct sales, cash flow management, raising finance and operational management.
Following this, he spent over 25 years in the venture capital business and played a key role in developing the YFM Group from a small Yorkshire based company with around £17 million funds under management to one with over £300 million of funds from public and private institutions and private investors. Phil has sat as a non-executive director on numerous SME boards and used his previous experience to influence those boards. Phil retired from full time employment in April 2008 following the sale of YFM.
Business wise, he has been kept very busy since then with a number of non exec positions in listed and private vehicles, but gave these up at the end of March 2018. Phil is helping another early stage business to achieve its growth plans.