As Deputy Director-General for First Nations Strategy and Partnerships, Phillip is responsible for improving education outcomes for Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students. Partnering with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the division provides leadership, high-level advice and direction on effective and appropriate policies, services and programs for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific and mainstream program areas.

Phillip most recently held the position of Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer of Service Delivery, Youth Justice in the Queensland Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. He was also formerly Commissioner at the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

Phillip is a descendant of the Bidjara Tribe (Great Grandfather), the Kairi Tribe (Great Grandmother) and the Ducabrook Clan located at Springsure, Central Queensland.

As Deputy Director-General for Youth Justice Services, Phillip was responsible for practice support and advice, learning and development, investment and commissioning, cultural advice, youth detention operations and quality improvement and design. Phillip’s distinguished career in child, youth and family support in Queensland also includes roles as Officer in Charge Queensland Police Service, Manager of Child Safety and Youth Justice Service Centres, Director Government Coordination, Executive Director Strategy, and Regional Director Child Family and Community Services North Queensland.

Phillip completed the Executive Master of Public Administration with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government in 2020.