Along with his wife, Jeanette, Phil owns and manages Training Ventures limited, which delivers vocational training in the forestry and agricultural sectors as well as small business, project management, and money management. Phil has also worked and been an employer in the forestry sector and has also worked as a motor mechanic.
Phil has been involved in the forestry and agricultural training industry since 1996. Since 2016 he has been an approved kaiako for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, for the Certificate in Money Management and the Certificate in Small Business and Project Management.
Phil holds various NZ Certificates in the area of forestry as well as being a certified motor mechanic. He also holds the National Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy Education (Level 5).
Phil has been involved in many businesses. He has for 20 years run a silvicultural operation in the Wairarapa, employing some two dozen people. Currently, he co-owns and manages Training Ventures Limited, a business that provides short course programmes, skills recognition and training for the forestry and agricultural sectors as well as small business and personal finance programmes. Phil is also a director of Kiwi Ideas Limited, which develops new and innovative products.