Chief Government &
Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSMA
Tom Phillips graduated from
Manchester University in 1981 with a degree in Physics and joined the Space and
Communications Division at British Aerospace (BAe) in the same year. During a
ten year career with BAe, Tom undertook a series of major project management
roles and, by 1986, led its business development activity in South East Asia.
In 1988, Tom
graduated with MBA degrees from Cranfield in the UK and the University of
Washington in the USA and helped start mobile operator Orange, where he led the
company’s UK licence application. Following Orange, Tom moved on to start two
further businesses, both in the broadcasting sector.
In 1991, Tom
joined PA Consulting Group’s London Practice, where he specialised in strategy
and market analysis within the telecoms and IT sectors.
In 1995, Tom
joined Cable & Wireless as Strategy Director and played a leading role in the
development of the Group’s long term, global strategy. In 1998, Tom was
appointed Group Director, Public Policy, responsible for Cable & Wireless’s
relationships with governments, regulators and policy influencers in over 50
countries. Tom also ran Cable & Wireless’s business in China and its Corporate
Social Responsibility agenda.
the GSM Association in March 2004, as Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs
Officer, where he leads the public policy agenda with governments, on behalf of
the Association’s 600+ members, who in turn deliver service to over one billion
mobile users, worldwide.
Tom is a
Chartered Engineer and a keen sailor. Tom, his wife Nicola and their two
children live in London.