Phil has a long history of working for equality, inclusion and social justice and as a disabled person himself, (Phil has bipolar affective disorder and is a carer for a part time wheelchair user), he has practical experience of the disabling effects of the attitudinal, structural, practical and stigmatising structures in society and is committed to advancing and promoting the social model of disability.
Phil has a BA (hons) degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and a 1st Class honours degree in Law.
Phil is a qualified barrister and was initially in practice in Chambers in Gray’s Inn in London before returning to Wales and joining Pendragon Chambers in Swansea, where he remains a non-practicising member In practice Phil specialised in Equality, Employment, Education and Human Rights law and was author of the chapters in the ‘Sweet and Maxwell Employment Law Handbook’ on ‘Disability Discrimination’, ‘Sexual Orientation Discrimination’ and ‘Discrimination on the Grounds of Religion or Belief’.
Phil was also appointed to the Disability Rights Commission legal panel from its’ inception until the merger of the commissions. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Phil was a trade union officer and then was employed in an Advice Centre as a welfare rights adviser, specialising in employment and welfare benefits and developed a track record of successful representation at tribunals.
Phil is currently a trustee and Board member of Disability Rights UK, is a director (unpaid) of Ynghyd C.I.C a social enterprise company committed to inclusion and equality, on the Management Committee of the Kidwelly Community Hub, is on the Carmarthenshire 50+ forum steering group and is involved in the Carmarthenshire Carers’ Forum. Phil has been a chair of governors of a primary school and chair of a nursery with charitable status.
Phil is also an elected Town Councillor for the Castle ward in Kidwelly and currently chairs the Council’s Policy and Strategy Committee.