Organisation: Manchester Sustainable Communities
At the age of 28 Phil followed his heart and became a Firefighter with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, fulfilling a long held ambition to do something really useful in the Public Service realm. His fascination with fire engineering saw him being promoted, and becoming one of a new breed of Fire Safety Officers, working in, for and with communities local to where he grew up in South Manchester.
With a desire for a change following twelve years of service Phil entered the Facilities and Building Management sector by using his knowledge and experience to manage risk reduction and compliance in large commercial buildings. With qualifications in Health, Safety and the Environment, Phil migrated to roles concerned with environmental sustainability whilst working at Carillion, achieving a positive impact across a nationwide portfolio of large properties by managing significant waste and carbon footprint reductions.
A growing interest in social sustainability has lately seen Phil spend three years working with Business in the Community. One project involved designing and negotiating a ‘from education into work’ pathway for public sector students seeking, but unable as yet to find, apprenticeships and employment in the construction sector. This scheme also saw significant benefits for local third sector community organisations. He also supported the regeneration of a failing community centre; a new board of trustees and governance structure formed part of new arrangements, which also enabled Phil attract significant corporate sponsorship for the regeneration and refurbishment of the centre. That centre will celebrate it’s 80th birthday this year and is currently planning significant expansion.
Building Management and HS&E skills have more recently seen him lead a Residents Association through an 18 month Tenant Management Takeover, and project manage an asset take over aimed at transforming an empty and disused library into a centre of community art, wellbeing and culture.