Phil is the Director of Specialist Communication Techniques and teaches on all of the courses delivered by Specialist Communication Techniques.
Phil retired from Greater Manchester Police in January 2016 after 30 years of service. Phil has been involved in the delivery of ABE training since the Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence Act 1999 was introduced into the legal system of England and Wales in 2002. Based for many years at the Greater Manchester Police Training School, Phil has extensive experience of training ABE techniques to police officers and social workers throughout the UK and Channel Islands. Phil has also delivered ABE interview training in Iceland to police officers, the Icelandic Ministry and legal staff.
Outside of law enforcement Phil has taught post graduate psychology students studying eye witness testimony modules as part of their Masters programme at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bath.
Phil’s passion lies within the interviewing of (or conversations with) Autistic people and what measures can be undertaken to ensure the best possible outcome such interviews/conversations. Phil has studied the interviewing of young autistic people to masters level and holds an MSc in Child Forensic Studies from the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Leeds. Phil is a member of the National Autistic Society and has been accredited by the society as a trainer in his field of interest. Within this field, Phil has trained police, social services and NHS staff.
Phil has a keen interest in, mental health, memory function and how various mental illnesses, and traumatic brain injury, can affect the memory process. He is currently a Trustee of the award winning mental health charity, Moodswings Network, based in central Manchester.
Apart from his MSc, Phil has a law degree (LLB Hons) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). He is also an accredited A1 Assessor and National Police Trainer.