Phil co-established TDB Advisory in 2002 and has had over thirty years’ experience providing economic and financial advice to leading corporates in the private and public sector.
Phil’s experience ranges across a number of sectors, including agribusiness, energy, finance, gaming, health, justice, state-owned enterprises, telecommunications, transport and water.
His clients in the last five years have included Contact Energy, the Electricity Authority, Fonterra Shareholders’ Council, Fronde, Goodman Fielder, Health Funds Association, Housing NZ, Hutt City Council, MBIE, Meridian Energy Ltd, Ministry of Transport, Motor Trade Association, NZ Health Trust, NZ Treasury, the NZ Venture Investment Fund, Rangitane Holding Co, Trustees of Tūhoe-Te Uru Taumatua, Todd Corporation and Vector.
Services Phil has provided these clients include:
- Strategic reviews, including reviewing the organisation’s past performance and future direction.
- Lead advice on acquisitions and divestments of assets, including independent valuations and appraisals, negotiating strategy and execution.
- Advice and analysis on regulatory and public policy matters, including economic cost-benefit and public policy analysis.
- Litigation support, including mediation and expert witness services on economic and financial matters.
Phil has also chaired a number of government reviews in recent years, including the Parliamentary Appropriations Review Committee (with Sir Douglas Kidd); the Technical Advisory Group on Air Quality Standards; and strategic reviews of AgResearch, ESR, GNS Science and Plant and Food NZ. He has also acted as mediator or arbitrator on a number of commercial transactions.
As a former Director at the Treasury and Advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Phil provided strategic advice and led the implementation of structural change and regulatory reform in significant parts of the New Zealand economy. Major projects Phil had a key role in include the restructuring of the dairy sector that led to the formation of Fonterra; the privatisations of Auckland and Wellington International Airports; international investment policy negotiations; the financial restructuring and commercialisation of numerous state trading enterprises; and the restructuring of the energy and health sectors. During the mid-1990s, Phil served as Counsellor Economic in New Zealand’s Permanent Delegation to the OECD in Paris.
Phil has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Rochester, New York and a BA Hons (1st class) in Economics from Victoria University, Wellington.
He is a regular speaker at international conferences and has had papers published on corporate governance, economic strategy, financial policy and savings behaviour. He is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and a member of the NZ Economists Association and the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ.