Cork native Philip worked for Kevin O'Leary Motor Group, Eli Lilly and ConocoPhillips in Cork before joining Munster Rugby. Philip is married to Susan and they have one son, Daniel, with a second child on the way in early January. Philip has a keen interest in golf and rugby.
When did you join Munster?
In late 2006, shortly after Munster won their first Heineken Cup. Having been a member of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club long before then, it was an ideal role for me, combining my accountancy background with my passion for Munster rugby.
What do you do?
I am responsible for managing the finances of Munster Rugby with the support of our treasurer. I am assisted by three excellent staff in the finance department who ensure all staff and suppliers are paid, and all income is received and reconciled.
What is the best part of your job?
There is a huge amount of variation. One day I can be preparing our monthly financial accounts and the next I can be dealing with a specific project such as the redevelopment of Irish Independent Park. We get a huge amount of support from volunteer committees which makes my job a lot easier.
Most memorable match?
There have been so many, such as the Heineken Cup finals in 2006 and 2008, but the most memorable for me was v Northampton in Thomond Park in November 2011. With 80 minutes up Munster trailed 21-20 and looked set for defeat. But four minutes and 41 phases later, Ronan O'Gara pops up and scores a drop-goal from 40 metres. I am not sure if the feeling was relief or elation, but it was certainly a moment that will live long in the memory among all the other great days and nights we have had.