Philip R. Wood
Philip Wood is a Customs and Strategic Management expert with nearly 30 years of experience in more than 30 countries. Philip was previously a member of HM Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom and has obtained a wide experience of Customs work. As a graduate of the Civil Service Fast Stream Development Programme he has been appointed to a number of roles at administrative, operational and senior management levels, including administrative management of customs operations at London Heathrow and compliance management (VAT, Excise & Corporation Tax) for some of the UK’s largest and most complex businesses.
Whilst working for HM Revenue and Customs, Philip was the Large Business Change Programme Manager with responsibility for the co-ordination and programme management of key strategic change projects delivering benefits of over $4 billion in additional tax revenue. During a period of secondment to the private sector, Philip was the Project Manager for a Customs Reform & Modernisation Programme in West Africa (project value in excess of $100 million), responsible for the management of all elements of the project including the preparation of project documentation, drafting of progress reports, recruitment and mobilisation of consultants, quality assurance of outputs, management of project issues & risks and monitoring of resources/performance against targets. The project delivered over 200% increase in customs revenues.
Philip is a registered PRINCE2™ Practioner and has worked for the World Customs Organization (WCO), International Monetary Fund (FAD Expert), USAID, EU and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to deliver change management and knowledge strategies for entities in Central Europe, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Africa.