Phil was born and educated in Bude, North Cornwall, but moved to Exeter in 1970 whilst working for the Royal Mail. He became self-employed in 1979 and retired in 2019. He was first elected to the city council in 1994 and represented the city until 2012. He was also a member of Devon County Council for 8 years (2005-2013). Housing and the Environment are top of Phil's interests and concerns. He believes strongly in community politics and would encourage more funding within local areas. He will always support cross party co-operation for the good and benefit of local residents and Exeter. He has been politically active since the age of 16, and since retiring has more time to devote to his various interests.