Phil lives in Arrochar, Scotland with his American wife, Cristina, who he met over a weekend at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. After a DPhil in Quantum Physics, he left his academic roots for a more peripatetic career in management consulting, initially with Price Waterhouse. After years travelling around the world for both work and pleasure, including a two-year assignment in Geneva, he was diagnosed with PPMS in 2007.
Phil found Overcoming MS in 2011, and coupled with his earlier discovery of mindfulness meditation, awakened a whole new area in his life. With training and supervision from Bangor University, he currently teaches the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course to people with MS on a pro-bono basis, and delivers the mind-body component of some of the OMS UK retreats. He is a trustee for MS-UK and wrote an article on the first UK OMS Retreat in 2013, which he attended, for their New Pathways magazine.