Philip Hellyer Clarity. Strategy. Transformation.

How I Spend My Time

Philip and Finch

Managing Consultant

Philip & Finch (UK) Ltd

I work with people who are mired in complex situations, helping them act with clarity. With a background in accountancy and computing science, I work on both 'sides' of the strategy fence. I enable people in business to make better decisions about IT and people in IT to more effectively support business.

We specialise in pragmatic approaches that improve systemic structure and reduce unintended consequences, expressing the structure and processes of organisations in ways that highlight the implications of investments in change, provoking insights that inform strategic decisions.

Recent projects include work with an insurer to redesign their core underwriting system and to streamline the mess of spreadsheets and data-sources that inform critical decisions.

Also recent: an implementable architecture based on business capabilities for a global giant. DevOps and Agile practices for a leading psychological research startup. Helping people new-in-role sustain success.

Training and workshops: Soft-skills for techies, helping architects get their business cases signed off. Getting Started in EA: Designing an Architecture Function to Fit your Enterprise. Design sprints for rapid innovation and prototyping.


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.

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Once Upon a Time, in a Former Life...

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 Instructor

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.


Accounting & Tax


I started my career in accounting, doing everything from income tax preparation to film production accounting before returning to University and moving into technology. Even then, my first role was as an analyst with the Alberta Treasury department.

Where I'm Speaking Next!

IRM UK Enterprise Architecture Conference

Experiments with Experimentors - transforming innovation in hard science

IRM UK Business Change Conference, London, March 2020

A story of pragmatic innovation in a 150-year-old company, now a global giant. It's a story that brings together groups of research scientists, data scientists, and commercially-minded folks, all seeking the best and most valuable ideas for change.

Paul Rodgers

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