Ollie Phillips, former captain of the England Rugby 7’s team, lives an extraordinary life. Following an illustrious career in professional rugby, he is now a highly successful business man in one of the world’s largest professional service networks, PWC. A Guinness World Record Holder, motivational speaker and expedition leader to name a few, he is proof that anything is possible.
Voted the ‘Best Seven’s Player in the World’ in 2009, Ollie has had a distinguished rugby career that spanned 14 years. England Captain from 2008 -2010, he was a triumphant leader and mentor to his team mates and played in three Seven’s World Cup tournaments including Hong Kong, Moscow and Dubai. 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 where Ollie was recognized as the most valuable overseas player in 2011 and the clubs top try scorer in the same year. However it was in 2013, whilst preparing for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, that Ollie suffered a severe calf injury that brought his victorious rugby career to an end. Now, Ollie is often a contributing commentator for Eurosport and Sky Sports and is commentating throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
With no intention of sitting back, 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 Great Britain team mates come 2nd overall in this grueling race. Ollie is now an ambassador for the Clipper Ventures.
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’ where his previous skills of leadership and team work came into play. 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. The challenge was all in aid of the children’s rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, for which Ollie raised a total of £350,000 from the expedition.
Aside from his adventuring success, Ollie’s entrepreneurial spirit has catapulted him into the role of ‘Head of Innovation’ at Price waterhouse Coopers, PwC. Ollie uses his skills in management and applies his ‘on the pitch’ tactics to his corporate role to achieve success and help clients take a fresh approach to any challenges they face. Ollie is a dedicated ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society as well as the rugby charity, Wooden Spoon and a strong supporter of Cancer Research UK.