PHILIP BROOKS-STEPHENSON, CL, FCMI
Philip is a natural connector of people and organisations and brings an extensive and influential network of contacts from those in Public Life right through to budding entrepreneurs and local leaders, built up from over 20 years in leadership roles in the private, public and third sectors.
Philip has always been an active volunteer in the community and was one of the youngest elected Borough Councillors in the country and at just 23. He's been a School Governor, a Nottingham Ambassador and has undertaken numerous Non-Executive and Trustee roles, currently serving as Chair of Backlit in Nottingham an international arts organisation and former Chairman of the Royal Society of St. George in Nottinghamshire, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.
Philip’s career has centred in development in the third and public sectors, which he then set-up as a Consultant in 2013, going onto co-found multi globally/nationally award winning KuKu Connect in 2016, which is now one of the key networking organisations in the Midlands and wider UK, which in 2020 was the first UK business to be awarded the Best Business Award for ‘Outstanding Support during COVID-19, amongst a ‘roll call’ of other awards for innovation, events and community impact.
Philip was the winner of the Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement for 2021 and The Best Business Award for Outstanding Non-Executive Director for 2021. Philip was also recently invested as a Companion of the Order of the Fleur De Lys (CL), which is an international order of chivalry, headed up by Grand-Patron HRH Princess Elizabeth of Serbia. Philip has devoted his time to supporting thousands of organisations through the pandemic, which he has gained hero status by the local East Midlands business community and was one of the first Advisory Board members to join the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre.