Phil joined the German Navy in 1995 as a Warfare Officer, graduating from the German Armed Forces University Munich in 2001 to follow the conventional route to Principal Warfare Officer via watch keeping appointments in frigates and destroyers, including a 3.5 year exchange with the Royal Navy. Leaving the Navy in 2009, he joined HM Coastguard at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Dover, followed by roles as a Subject Matter Expert at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Headquarters and as a Technical Trainer at the MCA Training Centre before taking on a command role at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham with specific responsibilities for Vessel Traffic Services and Monitoring. This role also included him being operationally deployed as Search and Rescue Advisor to the Royal Navy, providing assistance during the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Taking over as the Head of International Liaison in 2017, he has been actively involved in European and North Atlantic Coast Guard activities and as the Operational Lead of the UK’s Search and Rescue Capability Project in its Overseas Territories. Phil has just returned from a 14 months secondment leading a project in the Cayman Islands to establish a dedicated Coast Guard service within the Territory.