Phil has been the Society’s Chairman since the 2013 AGM.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He is the Chair of Newcastle Strategic Solutions Limited and also chairs the Society’s Nominations Committee. Phil is a member of the Group Risk Committee.
Phil brings important skills to our board as a qualified and highly experienced accountant and business operator, providing a knowledgeable overview in balancing risk, capital, liquidity and profitability.
As Managing Director of a highly successful and fast growing plc he understands how to ensure an entity grows safely and sustainably. His NHS experience brings additional insight from a highly regulated, non financial services sector organisation.
He has held a number of senior Board positions, including that of Managing Director (UK) of Northgate PLC, which he held for more than seven years; this followed six years as Finance Director. In addition to being Vice Chairman of Cumbria Partnership NHS foundation trust for four years, Phil was a Non-Executive Director at MPAC plc for seven years, and a Non-Executive Director at North P&I Group. He brings many years of business experience to the Society’s Board. In recognition of his skills and expertise he was awarded ‘North East Non-Executive of the Year 2015’ at the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.