Philip was elected as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire in May 2021.
He is North Yorkshire born and bred; he attended King James’ School, Knaresborough, and then studied law in Leeds before completing a mini MBA at Salford University. Philip is also a qualified GDPR practitioner.
After working in Office Equipment, Philip moved into IT and was responsible for launching the Schneider range of computers into the UK. He subsequently founded his own business, ‘Allott and Associates Ltd’ – a specialist PR and B2B marketing agency, which now operates internationally. Following his election as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Philip stood down from his role at Allott and Associates.
Philip began his political career in his hometown where, aged 25, he was elected the country’s youngest mayor. He was nine years a senior Harrogate District Councillor, chairing a number of committees including Leisure Services, Environmental Health and subsequently became leader of the Conservative Group.
Philip stood for Parliament in Halifax in 2010 and 2015 and got within 428 votes of winning.
He supports the Turn Trust which helps homeless people. And in 2006, Philip organised an international media campaign to highlight the plight of Mirza Tahir Hussain, who was due for execution on trumped up charges. Due to the collective campaign, Mirza was freed, weeks before his execution.