Trevor Phillips OBE

Honorary graduates 2014-15

Trevor Phillips OBE (DLitt)

Saturday 17 January 2015 3:00pm

Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is a Director of Webber Phillips Limited, and the Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Equality Standard.

Well-known for his successful book Windrush, he is at present writing a sequel due for publication in 2015.

Trevor studied chemistry at Imperial College London and between 1978 and 1980 he was president of the National Union of Students. On graduation he joined London Weekend Television as a researcher, in time becoming Head of Current Affairs, before founding Pepper Productions. An award-winning broadcaster, Trevor received two Royal Television Society journalism awards for his work on The London Programme and secured the Royal Television Society Documentary Series of the Year for Pepper Production’s Windrush.

Other journalistic achievements include a weekly column for the Independent, and presenting several series for BBC Radio 4 – including The Material World. Trevor is a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society.

Trevor has an ongoing interest in the arts and music and has been Chair of the Hampstead Theatre and of the London Arts Board. He is a member of the Council of Aldeburgh Music and a Board member of the Barbican Arts Centre.

He remains committed to equality issues, having been the former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority.

His voluntary activities include serving on the Boards of the Social Mobility Foundation and the Employers’ Network for Equality and Inclusion. He is an Associate of the think-tank Demos; a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute of Washington DC; a Director of the New York-based Centre for Talent Innovation; and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.