Philip Russell MBE MBCI

Managing Director and Senior Consultant

Personal background:

Expert business continuity professional with 14 years strategic and operational experience of building national and organisational resilience to withstand and overcome natural disasters and serious disruptions to business operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and UK.

Consultancy skills and personal qualities:

  • Extensive experience of delivery of business continuity, supply chain risk management and contingency planning consultancy in Africa
  • Polished workshop facilitator and expert trainer of executive management (strategic), tactical and operational teams in crisis management
  • 5 years executive management team and field-level leadership of disaster resilience operations in a global NGO (T/O US$ 55M)


Business Continuity Consultant (2010 – on-going):

  • Russell Philips Limited (Managing Director and Senior Consultant)
  • Needhams 1834 Limited (Senior Consultant: 2010 – 2013)

International NGO (2004 – 2009): The World Society for the Protection of Animals (International Director of Disaster Operations)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO: 2002 – 2004):

  • Field Operations Commander, Verification & Monitoring Team (South Sudan)
  • Sector Commander, Joint Monitoring Commission (Nuba Mountains, Sudan)
  • Head of Mission, Jericho Prison Monitoring Mission (Palestine)

Commercial (2000 – 2001):  Kingswood Group (North Norfolk General Manager)

Military: 25 years as an officer in The Parachute Regiment including specialist (counter- terror) operations in Northern Ireland.

Award: MBE for military operations in Africa (1994-1996)

Business Continuity Qualifications:

Business Continuity Institute (BCI): appointed MBCI (2014)

ISO 22301 and BSI 2599 Lead Auditor Qualified (2013)

BCI Supply Chain Risk Management Course (2015)