Phillip N.

International Development Specialist in Customs and Trade Facilitation

Master's DegreeUniversity of Canberra Center for Customs and Excise Studies

United Kingdom


Phillip has a post graduate Double Masters in International Customs Law and Administration and International Revenue Administration with the internationally renowned University of Canberra (a professional qualification accredited by the World Customs Organisation). He has also gained a BTEC level 3 accreditation in the UK relating to the application of the supply chain security management linked to the ISO Standard 28000 (related to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) trusted trader facilitation initiative). Phillip is a customs and trade facilitation technical expert and project manager with a wide range of experience of providing both operational and strategic inputs on large and small scale Customs and Trade Facilitation modernisation and capacity building projects worldwide. His technical competencies derive from 17 years’ operational service in HM Customs and Excise (HMCE) and 18 years as a Principal Consultant for Crown Agents Ltd. His operational experience has focused primarily on provision of Customs law enforcement and policy advice, gap analysis in a multi-disciplined environment, including project managing the development and implementation of Customs clearance and risk management IT systems to support improved efficiency in the control of cross border trade transactions in a developing economy in Central Asia. He also possesses a deep understanding of contemporary best practice approaches to border management and supply chain security issues and risks covering multi-agency collaboration in ports, airports, land border as well as in-land Customs clearance depots and dry port operations. Apart from the delivery of practical on-the-job skills transfer in modern customs techniques, Phillip has also designed and delivered bespoke classroom training packages encompassing modern best practice in customs operational Risk Management and planning of enforcement operations. His work as a Principal Consultant has encompassed strategic and tactical level reviews, organisational governance systems analyses and business process re-engineering of operational structures, legal framework, processes and procedures and making detailed recommendations based on the national political economy to assist client Governments in aligning procedures - realistically and sustainably - with recognised international standards such as the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, the EU Customs Blueprints, the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention, Revised Arusha Declaration (governing ethics and integrity in customs), and the SAFE Framework of Standards for secure international trade.


  • public administration
  • economic policy
  • trade
  • development
  • trade promotion
  • worldwide
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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