A British national from birth, Philip went to University College London where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree after leaving Public School. He has had a lifelong passion for cars, developing this from his car collecting enthusiast father and family. The archetypal collector and enthusiast he also has an avid interest in motoring memorabilia, fieldsports, sporting guns, watches, wine and cigars. Introduced to the auction scene at a young age due to his family's varied collecting fields, he has always enjoyed the auction process. Using his multi-linguistic skills and contacts to secure top quality consignments and sale venues on the continent, he joined Christie's in 2000, he ensured the success of Retromobile's first sale in the newly opened French market with the sale of the Lüscher collection in 2002. He was subsequently responsible for the sale of many highlight lots in the UK, Europe and America, including the first customer delivered Ferrari, a highly original Mille Miglia winning Tour de France Ferrari and Dan Gurney's Eagle Westlake Single Seater. A well-known and formidable presence with a keen eye for quality and detail, he is a regular competitor in numerous rallies annually including the Tour Auto and attends events ranging from Le Mans Classic and Goodwood to modern Le Mans or F1 Grand Prix. He has supervised preparation of his own cars to concours winning, but practical standards and still retains several which he uses on a regular basis. Philip joined Bonhams in 2007 and is International Director of Business Development and Head of European Motorcars.