What I do
Philip is the Executive Director of Nesta’s Innovation Lab, which is working with innovators in public services, civil society and business to develop radical new responses to some of the most pressing social and economic challenges.
Philip joined Nesta in May 2010 and has built a portfolio of high impact programmes supporting innovations across public services, healthcare, neighbourhoods, digital technologies, volunteering and philanthropy, and support and finance to social ventures. He is also responsible for overseeing the development of Nesta's Innovation Skills strategy.
He regularly advises government, public service organisations and charities on innovation strategies and capabilities, both in the UK and internationally. Philip sits on a number of advisory and funding bodies, including the Board of the Centre for London at Demos and the Advisory Committee of Big Society Capital. He provides support and advice to numerous social entrepreneurs and is a non-executive director of Stepping Out, a social business supporting public services to spin out.
Before joining Nesta he worked for the London Borough of Camden and the Home Office.
As assistant director for regeneration and partnerships at Camden he led economic development, regeneration, place-shaping and the council's relationship with the third sector. Prior to this he spent two years as deputy director for housing and adult social care, responsible for investment and repairs to 33,000 council homes, including leading major housing regeneration schemes.
Philip was previously Camden's Assistant Chief Executive where he established the Camden Strategy Unit, the strategic centre of the Council responsible for strategy and planning, performance, innovation, efficiency and communications.
Before joining Camden, Philip worked at the Home Office where he held a number of senior policy roles, including on youth justice reform, religious issues and community cohesion. He was a private secretary and led the Home Office change programme.
He has a degree in law from the University of Liverpool and qualifications in management and finance.