Phil worked in the investment industry for 19 years where he oversaw $50 billion of investments before leaving that comfortable life in 2007 to find better ways of tackling social and environmental challenges.

He soon realised that every person and the businesses and organisations they work for have the power to contribute something great to the world, and his role is to help realise that potential.

In 2013, he was invited to join Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in Boston to advance the application of ‘shared value’ principles, where businesses use the profit motive to help address social and environmental challenges.

Phil has since become a leading practitioner in this field, authoring several case studies and the book, Connecting Profit With Purpose.

His clients include small-medium enterprises through to multi-national corporations and everything in between, and has extensive experience working with not-for-profit organisations, peak bodies and governments.

As a speaker and facilitator, he distills years of experience into actionable learning, making use of storytelling, audience interaction and a splash of dry humour.

Outside of work he is enthusiastic about coffee, chocolate and trail running.

Speaking topics

Contribute Something Great
How to make more difference in the world

With so many social and environmental challenges to deal with, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and wonder: what difference can I make? You don’t need to create a startup unicorn, win Olympic gold or climb Mt Everest, because Phil outlines the 3 ingredients for taking your contributions from good to great.

In this inspiring presentation, audiences discover:

  • Different ways of making an impact
  • The 3 ingredients for contributing something great
  • How to create an effective action plan

This presentation is well suited to professionals looking for more purpose in their busy lives, and Phil provides the formula and challenges them to take the next step.

Contribute Something Great is perfect as a stand-alone conference keynote, seminar, workshop or coaching for individuals and groups.

Connecting Profit With Purpose
Using the profit motive to drive powerful change

Philanthropic gifts, volunteering and corporate social responsibility programs are good – but not enough to create the level of change needed. What if you could grow profits, gain a competitive edge and drive powerful social change at the same time?

You can, and you can start right now. As the author of Connecting Profit with Purpose, in this presentation, Phil shows how it is done, including:

  • How to turn business tensions into tailwinds
  • Case studies of companies doing good and growing profitability
  • 5 methods for finding opportunities in your industry

This is game-changing content for professionals seeking to build high performing, sustainable and envied businesses.

Connecting Profit With Purpose is perfect as a stand-alone keynote, a master class or session tailored to your needs, and can include a copy of Phil’s book for attendees.

The Mechanics Of Change
How to mobilise people and organisations for collaborative success

When your projects and initiatives involve new people, new partners and have a due date of yesterday(!), you can’t afford to get off on the wrong foot. How do you reduce this risk and ensure success?

Phil draws on his experiences working with teams, projects and partnerships to provide the guidance you need. In this energetic and insightful presentation, audiences discover:

  • The 3 foundations for creating buy-in and trust
  • Case studies of successful teams and projects
  • How to make collaboration easy

This presentation equips your people with the guidance they can use again and again to improve their effectiveness.

The Mechanics of Change is perfect as a stand-alone keynote, workshop or tailored working session.


Phil’s engaging style, thought leadership and practical case studies added huge value to each delegate.
Australian Food & Grocery Council

There was great feedback from Phil’s session and plenty of notes taken – thank you for providing a great start to the day
EMT Forum Chair
Challenger Group

Great presentation. Really got me thinking on what might be possible on this front.
CEO attendee
Better Boards Conference

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