Trouble shooting management, Crisis aversion management, Farmer Phil’s left-hand-man.
First Farmer Phil’s Festival:
I think it was 1999, I only remember because I was age 12 and I cycled home – I live locally.
What do you do, in your own words?
This is no 9-5 kinda job, it’s a way of life. I’d be nothing without this team and my right-hand-man Eddie is my rock – together we just ensure the show goes on no matter what! Whether it’s cleaning out the toilets or marking out the camping field, all the jobs have to be finished and I’m a roll-your-sleeves-up kind of guy who does what’s necessary to see the show go on. I keep this bunch in shape! Throughout the year we meet up and I take the minutes. When we make tactical decisions I often act as the devil’s advocate to make sure we explore all angles to each major decision before agreeing the way to move forward.
Outside of Farmer Phil’s Festival, I’m a successful entrepreneur with four thriving businesses: TJ Motorcycles, ESP Security Solutions, Eagle Couriers and TJ Agri-Contractors. I pull on the varied experience I’ve gained from all four to help make sure Farmer Phil’s Festival is a success every year.
Biggest claim to fame?
In 2014 I had the privilege and honour to work with a team of true legends in the security industry – firstly at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo where I was working with Pamela Anderson, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus and Jason Derulo to name just a few. Then later I was heavily involved at Blackpool Rocks at Blackpool Tower. Further to these, I’ve managed the security team at two of Shropshire’s biggest festivals – the Shrewsbury Fields Festival and the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Oh, and I used to present a radio show too!
Favourite Farmer Phil’s Festival Memory:
On stage in 2015, on my Suzuki Hayabusa, thrashing the engine along side Mr Phil Harding himself – the guy is one of my best friends and biggest idols. And then immediately afterwards sitting with the crew – Jess, Laura and Eddie – on the side of the stage watching the Wayne Martin Band tear it up. These memories will stick with me for life.