Philip put the blueprint together for Avantus Employee Benefits (formerly known as Fair Care) at the tail end of 2004, having seen an opportunity to create a service orientated, innovative business to challenge the more traditional providers. The initial focus was on the salary sacrifice market but with the intention to quickly diversify into the wider spectrum of employee benefits.
Fifteen years later, and with over 1,100 clients, the opportunity has become reality.
Philip has a wider brief as Chief Executive of Avantus Employee Benefits’ parent company, Avantus Business Solutions, which is predominantly focused on human capital technology. Philip completed the acquisition of Avantus Systems (fintech software) in 2013 and set up Avantus HR (HR consultancy and technology) in 2014. A further acquisition in 2019, People Solutions, added recruitment technology to the Avantus group capabilities.
Prior to setting up Avantus Employee Benefits, Philip spent 8 years as a director in merchant banking group Close Brothers. Philip is qualified as an accountant (FCCA) and an IFA (DipPFS), but is better known for his creative flair, and his ability to make ideas happen.