Having completed 35 years’ service, Phil Taylor retired in 2013 as the Governing Governor of HMP Wormwood Scrubs. Awarded an OBE for his outstanding contribution to HM Prison Service in 2011, Phil’s career has spanned 12 prisons, including HMP Swansea where he supported and oversaw the development of the Community Chaplaincy scheme as a trustee.

Phil also supported Pact and the Tudor Trust to enable the development of the new Family & Visitors Centre at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, and developed a range of partnerships to improve the prospects of prisoners on release. Phil has been a member of the Butler Trust awarding panel, hosted BBC Question Time in the Wormwood Scrubs chapel, and participated in the Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretaries Front Line Forum for 3 years providing operational feedback to the Secretary of State and Ministers. As well as acting as a Coach and Mentor to senior managers across the prison estate, he has been a member of the Brent Social Mobility Commission chaired by Lord Jim Knight, and has acted as Project Director for an ESF project, The Active Inclusion Learning Network, a two year project (2013-15) working across the EU to enhance the employment objectives of the socially disadvantaged.