Mr. Phillip began his career in finance as a Capitation Accountant with NYLCare in Houston, Texas in 1996. In 1998 he joined The Bank of Nova Scotia in Nevis as manager and served for eight years.
In recent years he chose to devote himself to the tourism sector and comes to the position with a wealth of experience relevant to promoting Nevis. For nine years Mr. Phillip has been a director of the St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association and has worked as a consultant in the local tourism industry. He champions the cause of sport tourism on Nevis and is an organizer of the renowned Nevis International Triathlon. Most recently he has served as the Chairman of the Nevis Tourism Authority, a position he will demit to assume duties as CEO of the NTA.
On the instruction of Honorable Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, the Board of Directors of the Nevis Tourism Authority conducted an exhaustive search for a CEO to replace the incumbent, Mr. John Hanley whose contract has ended. Mr. Philip, in his capacity as Chairman of the NTA, recused himself from the process when his name came under consideration. The Board of Directors of the NTA has since recommended his appointment to the Minister.
In making the announcement Minister Brantley said, “After considering over 30 applications and conducting exhaustive interviews, I am pleased that the Board has selected Mr. Phillip who comes to the position with impeccable academic credentials, a keen understanding of Nevis, and a wealth of experience in the tourism industry. I look forward to his leadership in reinforcing Nevis’ image as a premier high end destination in the Caribbean. I also thank his immediate predecessor Mr. John Hanley for his leadership of the NTA over the past few years and look forward to his continued role in developing tourism policy for the island of Nevis”.
On learning of his selection, Mr. Phillip said “I am honored and excited to take on this new challenge and to lead the experienced team at the Nevis Tourism Authority. Nevis is unique among Caribbean islands, it is small yet has more for vacationers to enjoy and experience than its size suggests. I am looking forward to building on the vision for Nevis’ tourism that has been laid out by the Minister to work with the NTA’s Board of Directors to lead the team at the NTA as we continue to promote ‘our’ Nevis on the international stage”. Mr. Phillip assumes duties on Monday, September 23, 2013.