Philip graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering in 1974 and has become a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Initially working for a nationally based contractor as site engineer, on several major city centre new build projects throughout the UK, he was promoted to Regional Engineer for South Wales and in 1981 he joined a specialist contractor as temporary works designer responsible for coordinating complex structural alterations to existing buildings in London and the South east.
In 1984 Philip joined a design consultancy based in West London as a structural design engineer, but he continued to focus on construction management, becoming a Partner in the firm responsible for the coordination of the design and construction processes on a mixture of residential and commercial projects in and around London, also for fast track retail fit out projects for a major retailer throughout the UK. In 2008 Philip set up his own C ompany to provide construction management services, including acting as Party Wall Surveyor, and he is a member of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.
In 2015 Philip merged his firm with Harding Surveyors and works as a consultant specialising in Party Wall matters.