Phil is a Research Manager at CSRM. A major focus of his work at CSRM is on the education of community relations professionals working in the resources industry. He develops and facilitates training and 'practice clinics' for government, non-government and private sector professionals in the area of the community aspects of mineral resource development, including on topics such as negotiation, conflict resolution and grievance handling. Phil has delivered tailored foundational community relations training courses and lectured representatives from a wide variety of resource companies, including Rio Tinto, Newcrest, BHPB, Newmont, Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, Teck Resources, Santos and QGC.
Through the Australian Government funded International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), Phil has contributed to the professional development of civil society and government staff from numerous developing countries across Asia, South America and Africa, by providing inputs into coursework related to company and community engagement. Most recently, Phil co-facilitated a 3-day workshop in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on negotiation and conflict resolution with staff from the Papua New Guinea Mineral Resource Authority Development Coordination Division.
Phil's geographical experience covers, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Ghana and Armenia.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, and a Master of Social Planning and Development from the University of Queensland. He also possesses a thorough knowledge of dispute resolution mechanisms in Australia having completed coursework on this topic through the Queensland University of Technology's Law School.