Retired Computer Systems Operations Manager at Huddersfield Technical College
Highest Break Refereed:
605 & 487 (in the same match) by David Causier in Bradford, England
Being appointed as Referee for the World Championship (short format) final in 2017
Phil has officiated at 16 World Billiards Championships (8 x long format and 8 x short format) from 2011 to 2019.
In addition to the 2017 World Championship (short format) final in Leeds, Phil has refereed a number of other Billiards finals including the UK Open, British Open, English Open, Scottish Open, EASB and EABA Championships, Yorkshire Championship and the Huddersfield Open League (several times).
Phil is a regular referee for the World Women’s Snooker Tour. He has also representated Huddersfield as a player in county level Pool.
Phil was born in Huddersfield in 1947. After studying at the University of Birmingham from 1965 – 1968 he graduated as BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature.
He developed an interest in cue sports during his mid-teens, playing at the Student Union. From the early 1970’s he played in the Huddersfield Open League and CIU League for many years, with a highest match break of 48 at Billiards.
Phil achieved his Class 3 refereeing certification in both Billiards and Snooker in 1987.
Following substantial experience he progressed to Class 2 in both disciplines in 1990. After progressing from local league to county and national level (and subsequently international level), he attained his Class 1 certificate in 1998.
Away from the table, Phil’s leisure interests include music, travel, photography, reading, Star Trek movies, and performing karaoke.