Phil spent twenty years in the Parachute Regiment and 6 years in the RAF Regiment, leaving the army in the rank of Lt Col in 1994. He commanded D Coy 2 PARA in the Falklands War; commanded 10 PARA (V) 1990-2.
He has enjoyed a lifelong passion for mountaineering.
He was on the first ascent of Lamjung Himal in Nepal Himalaya in 1974; He climbed Everest in1976; was deputy leader on the first western expedition to China - Mt Jiazi in 1981; and was leader on Project Darc Star - the Territorial Army’s attempt at first British Winter ascent of Everest in 1992/3.
Phil is Founder and Trustee of the Reserve Forces Ulysses Trust. He has been just been awarded an MBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Voluntary Service to Reserve Forces and Cadets. He founded the Ulysses Trust on the back of the winter Everest attempt in 1992. The Trust is now celebrating its 25th year and in that time has supported over 2600 adventurous training expeditions with some £2.7M of funding helping nearly 33,000 people to participate in often life-changing opportunities.
This was part of our series of the Talk of Wells to raise funds for the Wells Malting Trust. TheTrust which was set up in 2010 to oversee the regeneration and development of the Maltings, Sackhouse and Granary Theatre in Wells-next-the-Sea and to create an exciting new cultural and community hub for North Norfolk with an exciting and diverse programme of imaginative and distinct entertainment including theatre, music, comedy, cinema and exhibitions and an immersive heritage attraction. It will be North Norfolk’s Premier Arts & Heritage Centre.