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04 May 2015

Meet Phil - the CCA’s New Chairman

Phil Carey, the CCA's new Chairman was presented with his chain of office at this year's Annual Convention.  For those members who don't know Phil, here's a quick introduction...


Phil was born in Middlesbrough in 1964 and started his working life at 18 on a placement for The Norfolk Trail Project, an alternative to Borstal for children up to 16.  After a year he opted to travel around Europe, culminating in Northern Israel where he worked on a Kibbutz.

In 1983 Phil was offered a place at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne where he studied Politics and History, graduating in 1986.  The wanderlust hit again and this time Australia beckoned.  Phil lived in Sidney and then Canberra, where he was employed as a carpenter's labourer on the New Parliament House.

On returning to the UK, Phil was offered a position in the family business which had been founded by his Great, Great Grandfather, George Carey who had travelled from Devon by horse and cart in the 1880s and had worked as a stonemason in the iron ore mines.  After he had learned to read and write, he got a job working for the Prudential and in 1904 he founded the Kensington Friendly Collecting Society and Careys Check Traders. 

Phil cut his teeth as a clerk in the insurance department and over 15 years held various posts, culminating in the position of understudy to his father who eventually retired in 2005. He has been active in the National Consumer Credit Federation and since 2005, the CCA.

When he's not working, Phil likes to indulge in his three passions  - sport, music and a good pint!  He has been a season ticket holder at Middlesbrough FC for 25 years, enjoys playing golf (badly), was a keen runner, having run many half-marathons and two full marathons (in London and New York) as well as skiing, cycling and long distance walking.  Phil is also a partner in The Kids are Solid Gold, an organisation which promotes bands throughout the North East.  He is proud to have had a part in putting Mumford and Son's in the spotlight in the early days.  Phil is also a festival goer, attending Glastonbury and several other events each year.  He has also been President of the Middlesbrough Catenian's twice and likes to fit in a few holidays each year.

Phil and his wife, Sue have six grown up kids between them, as well as two dogs, Eric and Blue.  

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