Philip Hellyer Whole-System Business Consultant and Coach

How I Spend My Time

Philip and Finch

Senior Consultant

Philip & Finch (UK) Ltd

Enterprise Architecture expresses the structure of organisations and systems in ways that highlight the risks and implications of investment in change, helping you think more clearly about the decisions you're about to make. It's essential to have a framework for evaluating new possibilities, alongside models for incorporating changes effectively across your organisation.
Philip Hellyer helps entrepreneurs and heads of department think more clearly about their businesses, priorities, and aspirations. His chief interest is in the structure of organisations, the implications of that structure, and the interrelation of risk, investment, and change. With a background in both accountancy and in computing science, Philip works on both 'sides' of the strategy fence, like a kind of IT–Business interpreter.


Business Coach to the technically-minded

Hellyer Coaching

Often people with deep skills need help navigating the world of business at board level. I help them bridge the gaps between where they're most comfortable and where they want to get to. Most of my clients are deeply skilled, often in a technical discipline. Many of them are in infotech, others have accounting or legal backgrounds. What they have in common is a desire to change, to transform, to make faster progress toward who or what they want to be. Sometimes they only have a rough idea of what they want. Coaching is for smart people who will get where they're going anyway; it's an accelerator that adds accountability, brings clarity, and helps you generate and evaluate options more quickly. And that's where I come in...

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Enterprise Mentor & Non-Exec Advisor

Independent & UCL, SFEDI trained

Among other things, I'm participating in the UK government's Business in You campaign to encourage more people to start or grow their business. If you're a London-based entrepreneur on the cusp of transforming your business, maybe I can help you think more clearly.

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Public Speaker

Motivating technical presentations my specialty

I am a popular speaker at technical and business conferences, often focusing on enterprise architecture, the psychology of business design, or on the retail and payments industries. If you would like to engage me to speak for your organisation, on any topic, please get in touch.

Where I'm Speaking Next


Triple Induction - AI, Blockchain, and DevOps

Broadlight Meetup, Brighton, August 2018

Three things that seem to have nothing in common and yet are intertwingled in surprising ways. A lightning talk on artificial intelligence, blockchain, and devops culture.

ING Bank

Systems Thinking and Story Telling for Architects

ING Bank, Amsterdam, September 2018

Architects need strong technical skills, soft consultative skills, and a keen awareness of the implications of systems theory. Presented with and the European Training House.

IRM UK Enterprise Architecture Conference

Getting Started in EA: Designing an Architecture Function to Fit your Enterprise

IRM UK Enterprise Architecture Conference, London, October 2018

This workshop is for anyone who wants to understand EA better or who wants to establish EA in their enterprise. We will look at how different organisations approach EA, what effective architects produce, what pitfalls people encounter, and where the value comes from. Using some of our favoured techniques, we will help you to think about how you might design an EA function in your organisation that delivers value alongside other disciplines and types of architect. Attendees will gain foundational knowledge about EA to take into the rest of the conference.
Workshop co-facilitated with Sally Bean

IRM UK Enterprise Architecture Conference

Behavioural Approaches to Building Effective Architecture Teams

IRM UK Enterprise Architecture Conference, London, October 2018

Effective architects never walk alone, even if they’re the only architect in town. Team-working and collaboration are vital for high performance, regardless of whether you are just starting an EA journey, are part of an established EA group, or are a lone voice in a multi-disciplinary task team.
Workshop co-facilitated with Sally Bean

Paul Rodgers

Philip Hellyer has just given the best introduction to an Enterprise Architecture presentation that I've ever heard.
— Paul Rodgers, Chairman, Vendorcom

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Carphone Warehouse

Enterprise Architecture Group Lead

Connected World Services, Carphone Warehouse Group

I head up a team of Enterprise Architects in the Business Change Function. We govern the change roadmap, ensuring that programmes align to strategies, highlighting risks & dependencies, and monitoring the realisation of business benefit. I represent the Application, Information, and Technology architectures on the Strategic Review Board.

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Flying Trapeze Monkey

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School

Come and learn to fly on the Grand Volant in the Great Outdoors. Scary but safe, this is an experience you can't imagine beforehand. We guide each student through a progression of tricks, starting with an impressive looking knee-hang — and we'll catch you from your trick if you're consistent enough.