Phil Merison

Phil has a distinguished background as CEO and director in the aerospace, Defence, electronic and technology sectors, with a proven track record of directing businesses to higher profitability and improved overall performance. He has held various board roles in SME’s, as well as large blue chip corporations, including, BAe Systems, Thales, GEC and ITT Defence. He is an experienced exponent of business turnaround, leadership and executive board coaching and change management which he has exercised in the UK and across 5 other continents.

Practice Areas

  • Business Turnaround
  • Chief Executives
  • Change Management
  • Coaching and Development

Primary Capabilities

With a background in ‘trouble-shooting’ and business turnaround, Phil identifies, advises, coaches and helps implement the necessary changes for growth, efficiency and profitability through tried and tested methods and tools.

From problem analysis through the creation of business vision, strategic planning and the challenging processes of change, Phil will take a fresh and often innovative approach to identification of solutions and action plans.

Phil has expertise in developing and guiding companies through the vital cultural changes that are often essential in ‘kick starting’ the innovative process of growing or struggling businesses. This along with development and mentoring of leaders, board members, delivery teams and company champions has been a key part of Phil’s success in business.

He can operate at local level and also in the wider international context, with proven ability to manage strategically broad ranging business operations, with complex products, systems and services.

Preferred Activities

Working with companies at board and senior manager level, or individuals, as an advisor, interim manager or non-executive to solve problems, improve overall performance and set standards for future growth and profitability.

Core Offer

Phil has operated with all levels of business and has a track record of turning round ailing businesses, solving problems and improving performance and efficiencies. He can fast track companies up the learning curve, creating practical but often innovative business propositions, helping them to avoid the pitfalls and harness the opportunities.

He is a practitioner and experienced director in:

  • Strategic vision and business planning for growth
  • Team and leadership development and mentoring
  • Problem identification and action planning
  • Cultural and process change management
  • Business development, UK and international
  • General management of the P&L

Phil is also known for his:

  • High integrity
  • Strong implementation skills
  • A good communicator
  • An innovative problem solver
  • A committed team player

Other Disciplines Offered

  • Broad sector experience including international
  • Business development
  • International Sales and marketing
  • Large project management
  • Manufacturing i.e. Six-Sigma exponent
  • Political lobbying

Primary Sector Experience

  • Defence
  • Aerospace
  • Communications
  • Electronics and software
  • Manufacturing
  • Emerging Technology

Areas of Distinctive Performance and Value-Addition

  • Strategic vision and business planning
  • Team and leadership development and mentoring
  • Problem identification and action planning
  • Strategic thinking and innovation
  • Development/implementation of appropriate working cultures
  • Managing change
  • Management of the P&L
  • International business development
  • Strong sales and marketing and negotiating experience
  • New product development and brand building
  • Working within creatively led companies

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Directors
  • Institute of Interim managers
  • Six-Sigma exponent

Employment Summary

Self Employed Consultant 2006 – present
CEO of ITT Defence Ltd 2003 – 2006
Managing Director Tele atlas Ltd 2000 – 2006
Managing Director Tele atlas Ltd 1998 – 2000
Director – various roles GEC Marconi 1994 – 1998
Non-Exec positions – overseas organisations 1995 – 2000
Management/Project trouble shooter BAe Sema – worldwide 1984 – 1995