Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips

Craig was born in Liverpool in 1971, the younger of 2 children, his family moved to Shropshire in the late 1980´s. At 18, Craig secured a bricklaying apprenticeship whilst employed with Wrekin Council's construction department (Wrekin Construction).

Determined to ensure he excelled in his chosen profession, he attended further night school classes in advanced brickwork and civil engineering. Having qualified with a City & Guilds, Craig went on to set up his own building company.

 

In 2000 Craig when shot to fame winning the first ´Big Brother´ and with it the hearts of a nation. He's now recognised as a successful property developer with numerous dwellings in his portfolio, all of which have been personally designed, restored and project managed by Craig and his team.

His public appeal shown in Big Brother along with his vast property experience, construction knowledge and down to earth manner were quickly spotted by television executives and he was drafted in as a resident expert on various TV programmes. Craig has now presented over 700 shows and appeared on shows for all the major broadcasters including BBC, ITV, C4, Five, UKTV Style and Discovery Realtime His programmes have been seen not only in the UK but across the globe reaching millions of viewers on a daily basis throughout Europe and as far as Korea, New Zealand and the USA.

Shows Craig has either presented, co-presenter or appeared as regularly as resident expert on include; ´60 Minute Makeover´ (ITV1),´Housecall´ (BBC1), ´Big Strong Boys´ (BBC1), ´Conversion´ (Discovery Realtime), ´Trading Up´ (BBC1 & UK Style), ´Hung, Drawn & Quartered (British Forces Broadcasting Service)´, ´Renovation Street´ (ITV1 & Discovery Realtime), ´Builders Sweat & Tears´ (BBC1) ´Our House´ (UK Style), ´Housecall In The Country´ (BBC1), Craig´s Trade Tips (BBC1) and ´Boyz In The Wood´ (Discovery Realtime) amongst others. He has presented TV shows across the globe, destinations including Canada, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Germany, Cyprus, Kosovo, Bosnia, France, Spain and Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2003, Craig merged with a top BBC cameraman/director to form their own independent production company Avent Productions which has since gone on to produce projects for a range of broadcast and corporate clients. Craig has now executive produced and presented shows for Discovery worldwide and the British Forces Broadcasting Service reaching 17 countries within the United Nations worldwide.

In 2005 Craig set up the largest independent construction training centre in the North-West. The 25,000 square feet facility was designed and built by Craig and his team to simulate a real construction site environment.

After 2 years of planning and development, Cherie Booth QC and a whole host of celebrities formally opened the doors to the first 152 students. Craig´s vision created a centre which simulates a real construction environment providing facilities for a range of building trades and this was recognised by the CITB who gave the centre full accreditation and the accolade of providing the best wet trades training facilities in the UK. Today the facility is now 100,000 square feet, delivering a variety of work based learning courses in numerous construction disciplines, with the capacity to train up to 500 students on site.