Phil has worked almost exclusively in the screen industry since 2002, and in this time has built up a wealth of knowledge, networks and experience in advising numerous international and domestic productions. This includes 8 years working as a freelance production accountant in both Australia and New Zealand, before specialising in screen and entertainment industry advisory work with the chartered accountancy firm, Pieter Holl & Associates, and now with VCFO Group, since 2019.
His production accounting experience combined with his extensive chartered accountancy career means Phil is uniquely positioned to advise clients on their incentive, accounting, tax and other requirements over the life-cycle of their productions. He has a particular interest in the NZ screen incentive, the NZ Screen Production Grant, and has a close working relationship with the NZ Film Commission through project-managing and vetting numerous grant applications.
Phil is passionate about the industry and is currently a Board member (and Treasurer) of the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Screen Music and Sound Guild of New Zealand, and he has also presented at various industry courses for producers and production accountants. Phil is a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and has separately been a chartered accountant/advisor to a portfolio of entrepreneurial clients and their businesses.