Sir Trevor Phillips is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and former politician, currently a non-executive director of Mind Gym.
He was awarded an OBE for services to television in 1999, followed by a Knighthood in 2022 for his services to equality and human rights. He was also awarded the French order of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2006 for his work on integration and community cohesion.
He has been involved in some of the most talked-about programmes on television, including Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? (2017) and Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True (2015). He also regularly writes for the UK’s biggest newspapers, including The Times, The Daily Mail, The Sun andThe Sunday Times, and has written about race, diversity, politics, mental illness and grief – Trevor lost his daughter in 2021 aged 36 from anorexia.
He is also a regular panellist for Sky’s The Pledge (2016-), its flagship debate show as well as appearing on political programmes including Question Time (1980-) and Radio 4’s Today programme.
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Sir Trevor Phillips’ broadcasting career began at London Weekend Television where he stayed for almost 14 years, starting out as a researcher before becoming Head of Current Affairs, winning three Royal Television Society awards in the process.
He then went on to form his own production company, notably making the BBC series Windrush (1998), which won an RTA award for Best Documentary Series alongside the accompanying book, Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain. In 2015, he wrote and presented the documentary Things We Won’t Say About Race (That Are True) for Channel 4, as well as contributing to the 2016 show What British Muslims Really Think.
He has been a guest on The Andrew Marr Show (2011), Good Morning Britain (2017-2019), Politics Live (2018-2019) and Have I Got News For You (1999). From 2021-2022 he was the host of Trevor Phillips on Sunday, a morning talk show on Sky News.
He is a popular name in national newspapers and magazines, writing about the organisational and culture impact of machine learning and AI, race and diversity. He has also served as a consultant to major tech companies on the future of artificial intelligence.
A student activist in London, Trevor became the first black president of the National Union of Students. Since then, he has acted as a board member for the Barbican Arts Centre, the Council of Aldeburgh and the Headlong Theatre and as a trustee for the Social Mobility Foundation. He was a founding chair of both the Greater London Authority and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well as chairman of the Index on Censorship and the Runnymede Trust.
Trevor is the Chairman of the Green Park Group, a leading executive recruitment consultancy, as well as co-founder and director of the data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips, created with Professor Richard Webber in 2014. He was the co-founder and director of independent television production company, Pepper Productions for 12 years, which closed due to the passing of the co-founder Charles Armitage. Until 2018, he was the president of the partnership council of John Lewis, Europe’s largest employee-owned company.
An internationally respected and popular expert on equality and human rights, Trevor believes passionately in forthright debate and free expression. He is an expert commentator and advisor on diversity, leadership and inclusion in government and business industries. Since his daughter’s passing in 2021 aged 36 from anorexia, Trevor has become very passionate about mental and physical health and wellbeing.
– Overcoming Adversity
– Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
– Human Rights and Philanthropy
– Death and Grief
Clients include The Premier League, L’Oréal, Tesco and The Met Police.