Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is co-founder of Webber Phillips Ltd, a data analytics provider.
From 25 March 2015, for a three-year term, Trevor will serve as the President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership. He is the first external appointment since 1928. He is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Equality Standard and Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics.
He is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He had previously been the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority.
His most recent work for TV is ‘Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True’, a feature documentary for Channel 4, broadcast in March 2015. The programme, which he wrote and presented, attracted some two million viewers, as well as extensive press coverage.
Trevor is currently writing a prequel to his successful book Windrush, to be published in the near future.
Born in London in 1953, Trevor Phillips was educated in London and in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students.
He joined London Weekend Television as a researcher, rising to become Head of Current Affairs, before leaving to found Pepper Productions. Trevor won two Royal Television Society journalism awards (for The London Programme) in 1988 and 1993. Pepper took the RTS Documentary Series of the Year Award (for Windrush) in 1998. He was a weekly columnist for the Independent and has presented several series for BBC Radio 4, including the long-running science series The Material World. He became a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society in 2000.
Trevor retains an active interest in the arts and music and is a member of the Council of Aldeburgh Music, and a Board member of the Barbican Arts Centre. His other voluntary activities include serving as a board member of the Social Mobility Foundation, and of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
He is an Associate of the non-partisan UK think-tank Demos; a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute (Washington DC); a Director of the Centre for Talent Innovation (New York); and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.
He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, the OBE, and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government in 2007.Back to Speakers