Philip was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He joined Citibank in London before moving to Athens where he worked as a foreign exchange trader for both Citibank and Chase Manhattan. Philip was then posted to Citibank's Middle East North African Training Centre in Athens/Beirut as the operations manager and a foreign exchange trainer. After returning to the United Kingdom Philip joined Union Bank of Switzerland as the Head of Learning and Development. In 1993 he was appointed Head of Learning and Education for UBS in North America. He later set up a successful financial training company in New York City. In 1999 he returned to London where he worked as a training consultant to financial services institutions and the Ministry of Defence. He then moved to Greece where he wrote several books for English schools teaching English as a second language as well as teaching English at Greek schools. During this period he also successfully set up educational databases for three foreign exchange online brokerage houses. After returning to England in 2012 he worked as a teachers assistant at a special needs school in Milton Keynes. During this time he has written several successful books on trading in the financial markets as well as three short stories including a children's story and a poetry book. Operation Gladio is his first novel.