Phil started his career in acoustics at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, researching the application of acoustic techniques to the instrumentation of Nuclear Reactors. This led to three years as a sales manager for a firm producing data acquisition and analysis systems with emphasis on underwater acoustic data collection and processing.
From 1981 Phil was an acoustic consultant, working first for a manufacturing company then for a large acoustic consultancy. Throughout this period Phil’s particular interest was in developing computer modelling techniques for the solution of noise and vibration problems, in particular ‘Noise Control at Source’ techniques. He is co-author of a text book ‘Noise Control in Building Services’ and has presented numerous technical articles.
In 1997 Phil became the Honorary Secretary for the Association of the Noise Consultants which allowed him to assist in many aspects of the industry including work on British Standards and feedback from the ANC on many draft ISO, DIN, BS and other standards including the House Builders Federation ‘Robust Standard Details’ project.
In 1999 he also took on the role of Vice Chairman of the ANC and was elected to the position of Chairman in May 2001 and in May 2003 became the Immediate Past Chairman, Between 2005 and 2010 Phil was the chairman of the ANC’s Pre-completion Testing Committee for domestic sound insulation measurements in accordance with Approved Document E of the Building Regulations.
In December 2011 he took on the role of Convenor of Working Group 1 of the COST action TU0901 – Integrating and Harmonising Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban Housing Constructions. Working Group 1 developed the harmonised sound insulation descriptors and classification schemes in Europe. The project involved acousticians from 29 European countries as well as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
In May 2012 he became the Chairman of the Association of Noise Consultants for a second time and in June 2016 he stepped down from the board of the ANC and in December 2016 he also retired as Chairman of Robust Details Limited Inspectorate, although he remains as a Robust Details Inspector and sits on the RDL Standards Committee.
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