Phil Nathan has been active in the life of his community for many years – and for Lion Phil community’ begins where he lives and extends to encompass the world community
The expression ‘a man of many parts’ could have been coined for this dedicated Lion.
A family, man, he is married to Lion Heidi-Ann, a member of the Helen Keller Internet Lions Club, with daughters Hannah and Francesca.
He first became a Lion in 1982, but his name has become synonymous with that of South Woodham Lions Club, where he was a Charter Member in 1989. He has been a leader from the beginning, earning the 100% President’s Award with two Clubs.
He fast-tracked through Club, District and Multiple District, and was elected Chairman of Council in 1996-97, shortly afterwards becoming Chairman of the ‘Lions Clubs International – a Gift for Living Trust’ which has since saved the lives of countless babies.
His work with young people has been exceptional including being MD Leo Chairman, receiving the International President’s Leo Award, and MD Youth Chairman.
He has tirelessly served his Multiple District in active ways, too numerous to list here; twice Chairman of the Council Advisory Committee, Grant Administrator for the Lions Eye Health Programme since 1997, and an inspirational advocate of membership extension and retention. He was the prime mover for the creation of the prestigious Palace of Westminster Lions Club in 2007, and the Helen Keller Internet Lions Club in 2008.
His qualities were recognised by being elected to the International Board in 1999-2001, serving first on the Service Activities Committee, which he chaired in his second year. For two years he was Area Impact Team Leader for Europe, a legacy which has been drawn on heavily in membership initiatives.
He was appointed back to the International Board as Advisor to the Finance and Headquarters Committee, helping to create the financial base which ensured that International Dues did not increase for some years. Phil has served three International Presidents as Group Leader for the DG-elect seminars, and was an Associate for the 2013 Seminar. He has been an instructor at European Leadership Institutes including in Bern (2010) and Vienna (2013).
Lion Phil chaired the Host Committee, and was President of the exceptionally successful 2006 Europa Forum in Bournemouth, and will chair the 2014 Forum. For a long period he was Chairman of the Working Group on the procedures of the Europa Forum (members from seven countries, speaking six languages!) and now represents MD105 on the European Steering Committee.
Prime among the many recognitions for his untiring work was being honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE. He has received innumerable awards and other recognitions from Lions Clubs International, notably, and uniquely among current International Directors from MD105, being honoured, before he served as an International Director, with the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the Association.
A Senior Master Membership Key Holder, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and Progressive Bert Mason Humanitarian Award recipient, PID Phil was presented with the Lion Recognition Award by PIP Sid Scruggs at the 2011 MD Convention, the first Lion in the European Constitutional area to receive this honour, acknowledging his humanitarian work in the former Yugoslavia over some 18 years.
PIP Scruggs explained that this Award is given only to Lions who ‘have set themselves apart in a disaster relief effort, lifesaving endeavour, or other activity deemed appropriate by the International President.
In his working life, Lion Phil is a well respected Stockbroker in the City of London, one of 14 Directors of a leading independent firm with 1000 employees. He runs the trading areas and in a highly competitive environment is noted for this integrity. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute, a Charity Steward of the Stock Exchange Veterans and on the Board of the Stock Exchange Benevolent Fund.
Phil’s skills as a leader, motivator and communicator have resulted in being made a presenter or facilitator at Forums, Seminars and Conventions – including International Conventions – over the years. He was the International President’s Representative at the 2000 Europa Forum in Florence, a prestigious post awarded only to Lions of experience and expertise.
His skills as a leader and strategic thinker have been recognised by his appointment to the Boards of world-leading charities. From a Lions-nominated Director he was later elected Chairman of the MedicAlert Foundation for the British Isles and Ireland and a result of his work in developing joint programmes led to a Memorandum of Understanding being signed between the two International Associations in 2012.
For 11 years he was a Trustee of the 105-EA Lions Hearing Trust, now being extended across the MD, and in 2011 he was elected to chair the Board of Music and the Deaf, retiring in 2013 having led the transformation of the charity’s fortunes and creating a new strategic direction.
In October 2013 PID Phil was appointed as Chairman of the Lions Central Eastern European Initiative (CEEI), the objectives of which include actively supporting regional growth and development needs, building a strong membership base, improving Club health and enhancing the quality of leadership at every level all to ensure that LCI remains the world’s leader in community and humanitarian service.
Following the acquisition of the assets of TACADE, Council appointed Lion Phil as a Director of MD15 LifeSkills Ltd to take over and develop the business.
Lion Phil is a Director of Special Olympics GB with which Lions worldwide have a highly successful relationship and constantly uses his contacts for the befit of Lions and partners. He has sourced the last two sponsors for the Youth Ambassador Competition, Reuters and Winterflood Securities, and in connection with ‘Gift for Living’ has to date been responsible for securing anonymous corporate donations of considerable sums to complement LCIF Grants totalling more than £1.5 million, the most recent, $75,000, being approved in October 2013.
Council have appointed Phil as Centennial Committee Chairman for the period 2014 – 2017 to coordinate the MD’s contribution to the Association’s Centenary Celebrations.