Born in Barrow in Furness, in the North of England, Philip's working life  began in the hotel business. Ten years later he took a position working on offshore oil rigs in the North Sea and began a career that spanned over thirty years operating  projects across three continents. His expertise in support & facilities management took him to many remote and hazardous locations such as Alegeria, West Africa, Kazakhstan & Russia. Philip continued to gain experience and built a reputation as a capable & resourceful operator and his ability to function and direct projects when faced with extraordinary challenges only served to strengthen that reputation.   

The end of the Iraq War in 2003 took Philip to Baghdad, where he directed the operations and project management of multiple accommodation bases for the American Coalition. This being the most challenging, hazardous & demanding of locations  which required him  to provide and deliver full support for over 30,000 troops on  nine separate  locations  throughout Baghdad and Northern Iraq. Signing up for an original  six month contract, Philip ending up working the project for almost seven years. 

After working all over the world Philip returned to Barrow where he now lives with his family.  He began writing after retirement in 2015 and  his fist novel, PICNIC IN IRAQ, was published in summer 2015. The sequel,  TO CATCH A FOX, was released late 2015 and his third book,  BREAKFAST IN BEIRUT,  came out in mid 2016. THE HOLLOW PRESIDENT was published in summer 2017 and  AMERICAN RONIN, came out at Christmas  2017. Book six in the JACK CASTLE series is  POSEIDONS RANSOM and the latest thriller, SILK ROADS,  has just been released. Philip's novels are fictitious adventure thrillers inspired by his international career, especially  his time  in the Middle East. 

Roughing it in Dubai. 

New armoured car just arrived.

The Baghdad 'road crew' 

That's not bird muck !! 

Main road into the Green Zone, Baghdad.

Our Camp in the Green Zone.

Thank God for bullet-proof glass.  

Not quite the Magnificent Seven,

more like The Usual Suspects .  

Game of Thrones - One of Saddam's !