Phil Preston

Phil Preston

Purpose Strategist for Individuals Teams and Organisations
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About Phil

“As a purpose strategist, Phil helps audiences move from aspiration to action with an engaging and entertaining delivery style...”

Phil is a globally recognised expert on purpose-driven strategies.

He knows first-hand the pressures of managing high-performance teams from his former company roles, and how easily we can overlook what really matters in terms of work, life and leadership.

With individuals and organisations currently suffering from change-fatigue and rising levels of anxiety about the future, Phil specialises in building resilience without trading off the energy and excitement that comes with high-performance and growth.

He has long championed the concept of business and society (as opposed to business or society), and from his work in this area he was invited by Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer to Boston to help form a global network of experts in the business purpose field. He subsequently authored the book, Connecting Profit With Purpose and has recently been quoted in the special AFR report on purpose in business.

Phil is a keynote speaker, accredited master facilitator and adviser who’s worked with organisations like BlueScope, CommBank, Challenger, IAG, JLL, NRMA, QBE and Westpac along with numerous not-for-profits, associations, peak bodies and government agencies – illustrating his breadth of industry experience.

Clients and audiences value his ability to deliver advanced concepts in easy-to-understand ways, injecting inspiration, motivation and humour in the process.

He hosts two shows: The Business Purpose Trends Podcast provides 5-10minute weekly updates, while his longer form show, The Purpose Edge, explores aspects of resilience and growth in the work and lives of interesting guests.

When time allows, he’s watching Nordic Noir tv series or running the local trails in Bulli, near Sydney, Australia.

What people say about Phil

“Great presentation. Really got me thinking on what might be possible on this front.”

– CEO attendee, Better Boards Conference

“Phil’s engaging style, thought leadership and practical case studies added huge value to each delegate.”

– Director, Australian Food & Grocery Council

“You’ve done an exceptional job, valuable personally and in terms of what we can do collectively.”

– Executive General Manager, Australian Unity

There was great feedback from Phil’s session and plenty of notes taken – thank you for providing a great start to the day

– EMT Forum Chair, Challenger Group

Phil’s engaging style, thought leadership and practical case studies added huge value to each delegate.

– Australian Food & Grocery Council

Thank you, Phil, for your simple, a systematic approach has made a significant impact in this strategic project

– University of Wollongong

Your presentation was creative, engaging and set the scene for the rest of the day.

– NSW Local Land Services

Phil’s engaging style thought leadership and practical case studies added huge value to each delegate and the overarching program.

– Australian Food & Grocery Council

Thanks, Phil for leading us through partnerships and collaborations that push the boundaries … Excellent presentation!

– Executive Management Council of Australia