Trevor Phillips, OBE
Writer, Broadcaster & Businessman
Trevor is an award winning broadcaster, writer and former politician. He was awarded an OBE for services to television in 1999, as well as the French order of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2006 for his work on integration and community cohesion. He has been involved in some of the most talked-about programmes of recent years, including Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? and Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True and regularly writes for the UK’s biggest newspapers, including The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Sunday Times, on a variety of subjects.
A student activist in his home city of London, Trevor became the first black president of the National Union of Students. His broadcasting career began at London Weekend Television as a researcher but he quickly rose to become Head of Current Affairs. He went on to form his own production company, notably making the BBC series, Windrush which was hosted by Lenny Henry, and won the 1999 Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary Series. He co-authored the accompanying book; Windrush: The Irrisitable Rise of Multi-Racial Britain, which was based on the extensive interviews conducted for the series, and published by HarperCollins.
In his day job Trevor is the Chairman of the Green Park Group, a leading executive recruitment consultancy, and co-founder of the data analytics firm Webber Phillips created with Professor Richard Webber in 2014. He was, until June 2018, the President of the John Lewis Partnership, Europe’s largest employee-owned company. In recent years he has written frequently about the organisational and cultural impact of machine learning and AI, and served as a consultant to major tech companies on this topic.
Trevor has spent four decades in public life, including becoming the founding chair of both the Greater London Authority (2000), and of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2007).He has also chaired several charities, amongst them the Social Mobility Foundation. He is the current chair of the Index on Censorship campaigning against censorship and promoting free expression worldwide. Trevor retains a deep interest in the arts, especially theatre and music and is a board member of the Barbican Arts Centre and of Headlong Theatre.
What the audience can expect
A defiant campaigner for equality and human rights, Trevor believes passionately in argument, debate and free expression. Trevor shares his extensive knowledge and insight into the importance and value of data and the cultural impact of AI and machine learning. He is an expert commentator and adviser on diversity, leadership and inclusion within business.
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