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Philip Parry BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MCIM, Chartered Marketer is the Principal Consultant.

Philip has been working as a freelance management consultant since 2001 following a marketing career in the private sector and senior management experience in the third sector.

His career began in marketing with a major tour operator, followed by other marketing roles in a major supermarket chain and in a building society.

Philip then worked for Oxfam in the South West undertaking communications, campaigning and fundraising, including successfully co-ordinating the “South West People’s Plane” and the “Cold Front Appeal”.

He then became Managing Director of Bristol Energy Centre Ltd. (now Centre for Sustainable Energy), a social enterprise at the forefront of energy and environmental issues, where he worked on consultancy projects for both national and local government as well as the fuel utilities, particularly around financing and implementing energy efficiency initiatives. Following this he joined the pioneer social enterprise The Big Issue South West as Commercial Director, where he managed the offices across the region, the advertising sales function, the finance function and led the organisation’s business planning process.

Philip is committed to improving the social and economic opportunities of our communities and has previously been a trustee and Chair of Bristol Foyer (1999-2003) during its development and opening phases. The Foyer provides training and employment opportunities to young people, as well as safe and affordable accommodation.

He has been a trustee of Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau since 2003 and Chair since 2004, and has led the organisation through a significant period of development and growth including trebling annual income, increasing reserves by 270,000, and increasing the number of clients seen through initiatives such as the launch of Bristol Advice Point . In 2011 he joined the Board of Voscur, Bristol's Council for Voluntary Service, where he has been involved in job evaluations of the senior management team and was one of a small team managing a merger with Volunteer Bristol.

Philip also volunteers delivering training in marketing and sales to young people on the Prince's Trust Explore Enterprise Programme. He has also spent 5 years mentoring a number of people working in Bristol’s third sector, and is also a Prince's Trust mentor. He has also taken part in a number of Working Knowledge's Plunge events for students at City of Bristol College.

In terms of education, Philip has M.Sc. Information Systems (University of the West of England), an M.A. Marketing (Lancaster University) and a B.A. Hons. Economic & Social History (Hull University).

Chartered Marketer 2005 logoHe is a Member of the UK Evaluation Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) & Chartered Marketer. He is also a graduate of the Common Purpose programme in Bristol, is an Associate of the National Youth Agency, is on the Ethical Property Foundation Register of Property Professionals, has been an NCVO Approved Consultant from 2006-2011, and is listed on NAVCA's Trainers & Consultants Direct.

Philip is committed to continuous professional development and has undertaken a range of management training courses including Change Management and Governance (Cass Business School & Citizens Advice), Leadership & Management, and participated in an Action Learning Set for trustees.