Jon Phillips HR Professional

Who and What am I?

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I’m a pretty down to earth sort of bloke with a passion for Bruce Springsteen, Brains Beer, Cardiff City, Welsh rugby, my wife Jen and our two great kids. Maybe not necessarily in that order, as I’d like to stay married a bit longer. And Tilly, our wacko Springer Spaniel with the 1980's type perm that I can only dream of nowadays.

I always tell people that old cliché, ‘what you see is what you get’. Which, according to my doctor whose comment, when I was training for a charity fund raising trek in the Himalayas was, “you're clinically obese”. And he didn’t give me a donation.

I still raised over £3,000 though.

Basically then, I’m a sort of weight and follicly challenged bloke with a good heart.

I love History and almost certainly read more now than I ever did for my degree. I really believe that we can learn from history and from true inspirational leaders and creative thinkers like George Washington and Ulysses S Grant.


George Washington’s Continental Army’s unexpected crossing of the icy Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 preceded its surprise attack against mercenary Hessian forces based in Trenton, New Jersey on the morning of December 26. Its stunning ‘against the odds’ victory became a pivotal moment in the American Revolution.

I love having a laugh although apparently I may appear to be both a dour and miserable old git. If I look a bit dark and mysterious on occasions, then that’s just the Celt in me shining through. My buzz is working with people who want to have some fun in what they do, no matter how serious the issue. I have a natural enthusiasm for change and the view ‘we do it that way because that’s how we’ve always done it’ means diddly squat to me. After all, if you do what you’ve always done, why should you be surprised when you get what you’ve always got? I love open minded approaches and get switched on working in this way whether it's from the top down or the bottom up.

As much as I love the Boss (that’s Springsteen not Jen, although I love her too – just in case she reads this, can’t be too careful), I can’t sing to save my life. There's another stereotype just bitten the dust. I love a good curry and a few beers and going go see The City (Cardiff for the avoidance of any doubt), with my son and / or mates. Talk about taking the pain....

Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885) led the Union troops in their final defeat of the Confederate forces outside of Richmond, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War in 1865. Despite being a mediocre cadet and later leaving the army to avoid being drummed out, Grant's career highlighted with siege and victory at Vicksburg. The strategically brilliant capture of the town on the banks of the Mississippi marked one of the turning points in the war.

The kids still just about talk to me, so I must have done some things right as a dad (I now find that bribery rarely works any more). I still haven’t worked out why Jen married me in the first place and I guess that I should probably show a bit more gratitude on occasions?

I am passionate about working with people to get results. I like the tangible. I’m also passionate about my first cup of coffee in the morning (just discovered Jamaican Blue Mountain – wow!) and am at my real best when I’ve been awake for at least 30 minutes post caffeine.