Phil is a graduate of Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accounting and economics. His professional career commenced with Arthur Andersen where he worked for 10 years in Melbourne and Sydney as a Senior Manager. He then joined a major information technology service provider, Idaps Computer Science, as Divisional General Manager where he significantly increased the performance of the division over three years. His next appointment was to PA Consulting Group as a Principal Consultant working primarily on organisation reviews, business improvement systems and marketing projects. This was followed by six years as Principal Consultant with PA’s executive recruitment team in Melbourne including two years as Manager, Victoria.
In March 1995 he left PA to establish the Executive Recruitment firm of Ogilvie Watson. This firm then merged with Fish & Nankivell in 2001 at which time Phil became a Principal of Penrhyn International. Over his eighteen years in executive recruitment Phil has worked extensively on CEO, general management and non-executive director appointments, working across insurance (general and health), professional services, IT & T, not-for-profit and local and state government.
- Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Chief Executive Officer
- GMHBA (Health Insurance), Chief Executive Officer
- Defence Health, Chief Executive Officer
- RSPCA, Chief Executive
- Several insurance companies, Non-Executive Directors
- Digital media company, Chief Information Officer