Ian Phillips’ education governance experience began in 2002 as a parent governor at Woodhouse College, becoming its Chair in 2006 until his retirement in 2018. Throughout his tenure, the College remained academically and financially outstanding. Over the twelve years, Ian led the process to replace two Principals and Vice Principals, plus the Clerk, as well as managing the succession for the Chair’s role and every governor position (at least once).
Between January 2016 and July 2017, at the behest of the DfE and the Regional Schools Commissioner, he also served as Interim Chair at Sudbury Primary School Academy Trust, resolving multiple mission-critical issues and leading it out of ‘RI’ into sustainable stability.
He became a National Leader of Governance in 2014 and his varied projects have ranged from training on Chair succession, risk management and governor induction to external reviews of governance and an interim chairmanship.
Professionally, Ian is a strategic writer, having worked for global businesses such as Philips, Shell and Esso, Brussels-based sector advocacy association European Aluminium, alongside numerous SMEs and start-ups.
He can offer support in areas such as: Strategic planning, Crisis prevention and resolution, Governance review and improvement, Specific training needs.