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Philip Nelson

Director - Executive Search

Originally from Norfolk, and a member of the family which produced Britain’s greatest naval hero, Philip works as an executive search consultant across the civil society space through which he has developed a number of long term relationships with senior figures within the commercial, financial services, public and not for profit sectors and within parliament.

Moving to King’s Cross in 2002, and with an ambition to develop a complimentary non-executive career, opportunities soon arose to become a Governor at Argyle Primary School, and a Trustee of both Coram's Fields and the Crime Prevention Panel.

In 2007 he was invited to help establish and Chair a Friends Group for Tavistock Square to support a bid for funds to restore the square to its former glory after 7/7. Hosted by Universities UK, he successfully led the campaign on behalf of the local community, raised the necessary funds and organised the opening ceremony which was performed by Duchess of Bedford in May 2011.

In 2012, he established the 7/7 Memorial Trust, at the behest of the families, survivors and the emergency services and organised the first five 7/7 Annual Memorial Lectures which were delivered by Helena Kennedy QC, Ian Blair QPM, Martine Wright MBE, Tessa Jowell DBE and June Kelly, the BBC's Senior Home Affairs Correspondent and he developed plans for the first site specific memorial to 7/7 in Tavistock Square.

In 2014 he joined the Board of Best Beginnings, a charity which exists to address child health inequalities and he was invited by the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the late Tessa Jowell to serve on a working group which delivered the 7/7 10th Anniversary commemorations in 2015, including the service of remembrance at St Paul's.

In March 2017 he published details of the design for the new 7/7 memorial and subsequently organised the official unveiling event, which took place on 12th September 2018, in front of an audience which included the Mayor of London, the families of the 13 innocent victims and the emergency services.


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Philip Nelson has been a most proactive and participative partner in the recruitment of our new CEO. He has managed to perfectly fulfil his mandate in a rather short time frame.  In doing so, Philip has also counseled our board members and offered guidance and very clear overview documents, helping us fine-tune the outcome of the first rounds of interviews. 

Philip's warm personality, humour and own experience of the charity sector, made him a reassuring and most agreable partner in this stressful time.  Recruiting a CEO is a key process for any charity, one during which one cannot afford any mistake.  Philip was instrumental in helping us every step of the way.  

We are truly confident that we have recruited the best possible CEO to lead our charity, allowing it to reach its full potential through periods of growth followed by consolidation. I cannot but highly recommend Philip Nelson for his outstanding service.

André Poulie, Président, Fondation Théodora (Theodora Children's Hospice)