Here he gained a reputation as a passionate and visionary leader who encourages and enables others to grow.
He described himself as "thrilled and delighted" to have been asked to lead the CMS community in mission.
"I look forward to working in life-changing mission with partners the world over who share our abiding passion – that the world would know Jesus Christ," he said.
Philip is deeply committed to the church around the world. At St Michael's he saw significant success in building up a church community including French-, English- and Tamil-speaking congregations made up of over 40 nationalities. He developed the church's international connections in Africa and Asia and acted as consultant and companion to a Turkish-language church in Istanbul.
He is a very strong communicator and influencer who has inspired the whole CMS community and engaged all kinds of new audiences."
Philip's past experience also includes a variety of positions at CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society) and leading a multicultural church in Streatham, south London.
He is very much a 'people person' - his role at St Michael's Paris brought him into regular contact with everyone from the homeless to ambassadors. He is married to Ruth and father to Kitty. Among his many and varied interests are history, collecting vinyl records and supporting Newcastle United.
Philip was appointed a Canon by the Diocese in Europe in August 2012.