Philip Parry BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MCIM 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. More recently he has worked on a freelance contract basis with Brandon Trust helping develop their portfolio of social enterprises, and has also worked as Transformation Manager for the social enterprise, Bristol Community Transport.
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 Citizens Advice Bristol since 2003 and Chair from 2004 – 2016, and has led the organisation through a significant period of development and growth including trebling annual income, increasing reserves, and increasing the number of clients seen through initiatives such as the launch of Bristol Advice Point . From 2011 – 2017 he was a trustee 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 has volunteered delivering training in marketing and sales to young people on the Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise Programme. He has also mentored a number of senior managers working in Bristol’s social economy sector. He has been a volunteer for Caring in Bristol since 2019 and was heavily involved in the ‘Cheers Drive’ project providing food to vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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).