Philip runs a family grain and sheep farm at Moora, WA, and a cattle property near Kalbarri. He graduated from UWA with a BSc(Agric)(Hons) in 1969. After a short period with the Commonwealth Department of Trade and Industry, he completed an MBA at IMEDE in Switzerland. Philip has been a member of the Australian Wheat Board, an executive director, and Foundation Director of Macquarie Bank, a director of Barbeques Galore Ltd, chairman of The Sydney Futures Exchange, and chair of the WA Government's Wool Strategy Group. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 2009 to 2013.