Philip was born in Southampton in 1945 and after gaining a Theological Diploma at King’s College, London he worked for three years in what is now Namibia. After further study in the UK he was ordained as an Anglican priest. For 11 years he worked mostly in parishes and in 1986 gained his M.Phil with a thesis on the Anglican Church in Namibia. For over 20 years he held senior posts in organisations concerned with sending development workers and volunteers overseas. In 2007 he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and died almost exactly three years later.