Philip has worked in the brewing industry in various senior roles for over 40 years. His career started with Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, where he became a fully qualified brewer. During this period, he had exposure to every aspect of the brewing, packaging and logistics areas of the business.
In 1991, Philip moved to the then independent Marston’s in Burton-on-Trent, as Logistics Director, with a brief to reshape the company’s distribution and delivery network. Successful completion of this project led to his appointment as Operations Director (Brewing and Trading) with responsibilities both on site – for brewing, engineering, logistics and customer services – and in the field.
After the 1998 takeover of Marston’s by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, Philip found himself back with his former employer, integrating the logistics networks of the two businesses. Further integration work followed, as Marston’s (the name adopted by the parent company) continued on its acquisition trail.
For five years from 2001, Philip set up and ran Marston’s Contract Services, a new division focused on identifying opportunities to carry out contract brewing, packaging or logistics work for other brewers. Then, from 2006 to 2011, he ran Marston’s Free Trade operation, significantly reshaping and growing the business throughout the UK.
In 2011, Marston’s asked Philip to take on the newly created position of Operations Director with responsibility for the combined Tenanted, Free Trade and National On portfolios, including all field-based sales staff and internal call centres.
Finally, in 2013, Philip took on a short-term project as Operations Director (Disposals), heading up a small team to run those pubs identified for sale. Having completed this project early, he retired in June 2016.
On retirement from Marston’s, Philip was made a Life Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.