Phil is the latest veteran to join our Ambassador team.
After leaving school at the ripe old age of 16 with no qualifications, Phil always knew he wanted to be come a soldier. He joined the Royal Hampshire Regiment but then in 1997 but know being content with that he also became one of the very few soldiers in the British Army to take and pass both the Royal Marines Commando course and the Parachute Regiment’s infamous P Company, earning the right to wear the famous Red Beret, the “Maroon Machine”.
But even this wasn’t enough for Phil who then went for ‘Selection’ – the process for joining the UK’s special forces. After a gruelling 6 month process he (‘badged’) 22 SAS (Special Air Service), the UK’s top-tier special forces unit, serving with D Squadron.
He left the army with the rank of Staff Sergeant, and during his army career, served in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, and West Africa. Perhaps the most famous action Phil is associated with is Operation Barras in Sierra Leone which resulted in the successful rescue of hostages taken by the dangerous military group the West Side Boys.
Since leaving, you can often see him on TV, hear Phil on Force Radio (or our podcast The Demolition Men of D-Day) or read many of his best selling books.
He is passionate about giving back, and is a keen support of the Amazing War Stories initiative ad we are proud to have him come on board.