Phil Nathan – An International Lion

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 Lion Francesca, a member of the Centennial 100 Lions Club.

Lion Phil first became a Lion in 1982, but his name became synonymous with that of South Woodham Ferrers Lions Club where he was Charter President in 1989. In 2016, Phil, with another innovative idea, helped form the Centennial 100 Lions Club and transferred there.

Lion Phil fast-tracked through Club, District and Multiple District, was 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.

Lion Phil’s work with young people has been exceptional, including being MD Leo Chairman and receiving the International President’s Leo Award, and serving as MD Youth Chairman.

Lion Phil has tirelessly served the Multiple District in active ways, too numerous to list here but including: twice Chairman of the Council Advisory Committee, Grant Administrator for the Lions Eye Health Programme and an inspirational advocate of membership extension and retention. He was the prime mover for the creation of the Palace of Westminster Lions Club in 2007 and the Helen Keller Internet Lions Club in 2008.

Lion Phil’s qualities were recognised by being elected to serve on the International Board in 1999-2001, chairing the Service Activities Committee in his second year. For two years he was Area Impact Team Leader for Europe. He was appointed back to the International Board as Advisor to the Finance and Headquarters Committee.

Lion Phil has served three International Presidents as Group Leader for DG-elect Seminars and was an instructor at European Leader Institutes including those at Bern (2010) and Vienna (2013).

Lion Phil chaired the Host Committee and was President of the exceptionally successful 2006 and 2014 Europa Forums in Bournemouth and Birmingham, and for a long period was Chairman of the Working Group on the procedures of the Europa Forum, and now representing MD105 on the European Long Range Planning Committee.

Prime among the many recognitions for his work, Lion Phil was honoured by The Queen with an MBE. In 1989 he received the Freedom of the City of London. He has received innumerable awards and other recognitions from Lions Clubs International. Uniquely among current International Directors from MD105, he was honoured, before serving as an International Director, with the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the Association’s highest recognition.

Lion Phil is a senior Master Membership Key Holder, Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and Progressive Bert Mason Humanitarian Award recipient. In 2011 Lion Phil was presented with the Lion Recognition Award, given only to Lions whose endeavours have been deemed appropriate by the International President, the first Lion in the European Constitutional area to receive this honour, acknowledging his work over some 19 years in the former Yugoslavia.

Lion Phil is a respected Stockbroker in the City of London, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In a highly competitive environment he is noted for his integrity. He holds a number of significant roles in connection with the London Stock Exchange and throughout his career has proudly lived by its motto of “Dictum Meum Pactum”.

Lion Phil’s skills as a leader, motivator and communicator have resulted in him taking a major role 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 appointment to the Boards of world-leading charities, including MedicAlert both in the British isles and Ireland and Internationally, where he serves on the Board and helped to develop joint programmes between MedicAlert and LCI.

He is now on the executive committee board of MedicAlert International. He was a Trustee of the 105-EA Lions Hearing Trust, now being extended across the MD, and in 2011 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 2013 Lion 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 member base, and other initiatives to ensure that LCI remains the world’s leader in community and humanitarian service.

The success of CEEI, with more Clubs, more Lions and countries ready to be Districts in their own right, was such that, In July 2017, CEEI became part of the mainstream GMT & GLT groupings.

In February 2017 Lion Phil was appointed to the New & Emerging Countries Committee as the representative for Europe.

Council appointed Lion Phil as a Director of MD105 Lifeskills Ltd to take over from TACADE, and develop the business, now working closely with Lions Quest. Lion Phil is a Director of Special Olympics GB with which Lions worldwide have a highly successful relationship and constantly uses his talents to benefit Lions and partners.

He has sourced two sponsors for the Young Ambassador Competition, Reuters and Winterflood Securities, and in connection with ‘Gift for Living’ has to date been responsible for securing anonymous corporate donations of substantial sums to complement LCIF Grants totalling more than £1.5 million.

Lion Phil has been leading a tri-partite partnership between MD105, LCIF and the Loomba Foundation, helping to empower Widows by providing sewing machines and training, enabling their rightful return to society.

Council appointed Lion Phil as the MD Centennial Committee Chairman for the period 2014-2018 to co-ordinate the MD’s contribution to the Association’s Centennial celebrations.