Phil's passion for property emerged when, after a stint working for an estate agent in Canterbury, he decided to head to University and sat a 4-year degree course in General Practice Surveying at London’s Southbank University. Having gained his Surveying degree, in 1996 Phil founded the company Garrington Home Finders and was one of the very first property professionals to specialise in looking after the interests of purchasers. The business model took off and has since been much emulated. As founder and Chief Executive, Phil developed Garrington over the following 12 years into an organisation with 4 offices, a staff of 30 and an annual turnover of £3.5 million. Although he has not been involved with the business since 2008, Garrington continues to thrive and is run out of offices in Cambridge.
Phil's presenting career began when he was initially contacted by a Scottish production company, looking to develop a program idea that followed the thrills and spills of couples going out house hunting but had limited knowledge of what was actually involved in the process. With his natural ability to understand and interpret house hunters needs, to find them houses and negotiate deals, Phil was approached for his property advice and as a consultant on the format, however, he was subsequently asked to record a screen test to audition as a presenter for the show.
It was during this screen test that Phil first met his long-standing co-presenter Kirstie Allsopp and luckily they immediately hit it off. Soon after, Location Location Location was born and Relocation Relocation followed shortly afterwards. Whilst Kirstie and Phil have become something of a double act and love working together, they have both gone on to present numerous other programmes showing their versatility as individual presenters and not just as a property duo.
In 2010, Phil and Kirstie set up Raise the Roof Productions with their long-term production partners Sarah Walmsley and Jane Muirhead. Company headquarters is in Glasgow, Scotland.