Ollie Phillips is a former England Rugby Sevens Captain.
England Captain from 2008 -2010, Ollie was a leader and mentor to his team mates and played in three Seven’s World Cup tournaments including Hong Kong, Moscow and Dubai.
In 2009, Ollie Phillips was voted the ‘Best Sevens Player in the World’.
Away from the Sevens field, Ollie enjoyed a successful career across three different clubs, namely Newcastle Falcons, Gloucester and perhaps his most successful tenure, Stade Francais.
At Stade Francais he was recognized as the most valuable overseas player in 2011 and the club’s top try scorer in the same year.
However, in 2013, whilst preparing for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Ollie suffered a severe calf injury that brought his rugby career to an end.
Life off the Field:
Now, Ollie is a contributing commentator for Eurosport and Sky Sports and commentated throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He also holds the position of ‘Head of Innovation’ at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, PwC.
In 2013, Ollie threw himself in to a mammoth challenge, the ‘Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’ after being persuaded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Ollie was a complete newcomer to sailing but it was his determination and team spirit that pushed him through and saw him and his GB team mates come 2nd overall in this gruelling race.
With a taste for adventure, Ollie seized his next opportunity to take on a completely fresh challenge and head to the North Pole for the ‘Arctic Rugby Challenge’.
He completed a 100-mile trek across the Arctic in -40 degrees centigrade temperatures to the Magnetic North Pole where he hosted the ‘Most Northerly Rugby Match’, breaking the Guinness World Record.
Ollie Phillips – Motivational Speaker:
A popular motivational speaker, Ollie’s experience and expertise gained through his rugby background, his challenging adventures and now his life in a corporate world have seen him provide keynote speeches and workshops on topics such as:
- Change Management
- Resilient Leadership
- Building a Winning Culture
- Effective Communication
As Head of Digital Innovation at PWC, the largest professional services firm in the world.
Ollie focuses on creating a culture of creativity, disruption and innovation.
Understanding where that innovation can come from and then how you implement it is vital and Ollie has a sound understanding of how technology can help with that implementation.
Ollie leads alliances with Google, Software City and Digital Catapult so understands the challenges that large scale organisations face, but also recognises how to ensure that innovation is a process that is implemented and integrated successfully within your firm.
Digital Technology & Transformation:
Ollie delivers on the subject of transformation, drawing on his experiences within PWC and their clients.
Having launched two flagship digital products for PWC, Ollie is well positioned to discuss how digital and technology can play a vital role in the transformation of your organisation.
Having worked with large scale solutions software providers, such as ‘Google for Work’, Ollie understands what technology exists and how such technology can help transform your organisation, the operating systems that exist within it and the culture that supports such change.