Philip has been involved in community development since 1993 to include projects centred around young men’s training and women’s engagement programmes as part of EU peacebuilding measures. Philip has also been involved in local politics, holding office of General Secretary of the Ulster Democratic Party, during which he completed leadership training at University of Maryland. Philip is dedicated to working towards safer communities, holding Chair of the Welcome BME Project in Lisburn and is a member of the newly appointed Lisburn PCSP.
Philip has been a Director of several community based organisations, focusing on disadvantaged areas and has more recently been a driving force in community regeneration through linking social enterprise where he manages community projects and social enterprises. This has led him to becoming a founding Director of The Resurgam Trust which he chairs and which is aiming to create regeneration within disadvantaged areas of Lisburn and encourage social enterprise. Current projects include lobbying for resources based upon a social enterprise regeneration model andencouraging a partnership approach with stakeholder agencies including Lisburn PACT (Police & Community Together), SureStart Lisburn and Early Intervention Lisburn.