He was president of the Family Planning Association from 1997 to 1998 and co-chaired the Association for Public Health from 1994 until 1998. From 1980 until 1982 he was a member of Birmingham City council and a member of Oxford City council from 1973 to 1979.
Philip was made a privy counsellor in 2009. He holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Aston, Birmingham and Birmingham City. He is an honorary fellow of the royal college of physicians. He is also an honorary fellow of the faculty of public health and of the faculty of dental surgery, royal college of surgeons. He was awarded the OBE in June 1993.
Philip has been President of GS1 UK for eight years and is a member of the GS1 UK Healthcare Advisory Board.