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Phil Barton tidies up

Phil Barton

We are doubly delighted to hear from Phil Barton (OW 1973) who not only sends news but also has been tidying up his loft and thoughtfully offered some school calendars to fill gaps in our Living Archive. Phil was Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy which has been campaigning against litter and waste for over fifty years.

At Wells, the Living Archive records that Phil was a notable all-rounder – House Captain and Editor of The Wellensian and also a successful sportsman; Captain of Sailing, first team hockey, a good rugby player, badminton for the school and an athlete at county level who broke several school records. He also developed his environmental values at a young age, speaking aged 16 at the Debating Society in favour of organising “to make this planet a better place to live in”.

After Wells, Phil went to Keele University and gained first class honours and then spent 35 years active in environmental regeneration in Manchester, the North West and then nationally. He was founder director of RENEW North West, which became Places Matter!, the architecture and built environment centre for the North West. He was director at Groundwork UK, initially as North West Regional Director and latterly as national Director of Corporate Strategy.

He has now started a second career as an artist. "I am currently studying for a MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins in London, trying a different route to persuading people of the desperate urgency to act as we suffer climate breakdown and continue with the sixth great extinction, the great challenges of our time"

We very much hope that Phil will continue to keep in touch and support the Association.