Phil is the Commercial Manager for Lowe Corporation, and since 1999, has owned and operated an independent mentoring business providing strategic, legal and general advice to selected private businesses. Phil holds a law degree from Victoria University and was a partner of the Hastings legal firm Bannister & von Dadelszen for over 20 years before retiring in 1999.
Phil is a life member of the Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chairman of the Hawke's Bay Development Board and Havelock North High School Board. Phil is currently Chairman of the Mission Estate Winery Board and a director of Unison Networks Ltd.
He has lived and worked in Hawke's Bay since moving here in 1976 and is married with six children.