For many years, he has worked very closely with the Rt Hon Jack Straw throughout Jack’s long and distinguished political career. Phil has acted as Parliamentary agent for Jack and, more recently, for the new MP for Blackburn, Kate Hollern.
Phil retired 5 years ago having spent his working life as a Senior IT Executive in the food industry, mainly for RHM but latterly for Premier Foods. His speciality was the plant baking division where he led a team of project managers installing hardware and software developments in the many sites across the UK. As both these businesses were in the FMCG sector, Phil was used to working at a frantic pace attempting, not always successfully, to fulfil the demands of the major retail players.
Phil was brought up in Chorley and educated at Preston Catholic College before going to University College, London where he graduated with a History degree. This was during the so-called ‘swinging sixties’ and the transposition from Chorley to the Kings Road, Chelsea was certainly a very formative experience in many ways. He has lived with his partner, Ann, in Blackburn since the mid 1970s and is a long-standing supporter and season-ticket holder at Ewood Park.
In these difficult times for the public services, he recognises the need for economic growth to enable local authorities to continue to provide the services that residents want and, in many cases, need to help them to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.