Phil’s experience of managing and sharing information in schools and local authorities is probably second to none. Phil spent 14 years teaching in Bedfordshire, first at the sixth form college and then at a high school. During his time as a teacher, he developed a hobby programming computers and produced software that helped automate many routine tasks. He spearheaded the development of management information systems into the education sector with his role in the creation of the SIMS software suite nearly 30 years ago. The software became the most popular in the UK and is now used in 22,000 schools and 120 local authorities.