Alan Phillips was elected as the UK nominated expert to the Council of Europe Advisory Committee (AC) on the FCNM in 1998 to serve from 1998 to 2002 and re-elected to serve again from 2006-2010. During the first mandate he was elected by the AC to be its first vice President for two consecutive 2 year periods. Subsequently in 2006 and again in 2008 he was elected to be the President of the Advisory Committee.
His professional background began as a systems analyst, have graduated in Physics from Warwick University in 1970. In 1973 he was appointed General Secretary of World University Service (UK), an international educational development agency administering major refugee scholarship programme both in the UK and globally.
In 1982 he was appointed the Deputy Director of the new British Refugee Council, where he remained managing major refugee education, training and settlement programmes until 1989.
1989 marked Alan Phillips move into the minority rights field, when he was appointed Director of Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), an international human rights organisations based out of London. In 1998 he was awarded the CMG in the Queens’ new year’s honour list for services to human rights.
In 2001 Alan Phillips retired from MRGI to become an international human rights adviser, acting as a consultant to intergovernmental bodies, governments and non governmental organisations on minority policies and programmes, often focusing on the Balkans and on Roma issues, which he continues today.
In 2005 he was awarded an honorary degree (LLD.) at Warwick University.
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