Philip Hygate: A Brief Profile

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

Philip Hygate has been chief executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly since 1992 and, when appointed, was the youngest in the authority’s 100-year-plus history.

He has been involved in many economic and community activities in Cornwall and the Isles, including being chairman of the Isles of Scilly AONB since 2004 and sitting on the board of the national association of AONBs (NAAONB)

He is a Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and was asked to chair the initiation committee of the new Local Nature Partnership last year.

He was a member of the EU Convergence Programme Monitoring Committee and chaired the ill-fated Route Partnership programme.

He was previously, for nine years, a board member of the West of Cornwall Primary Care Trust.

In his younger days, he worked for the United Nations and holds a degree in politics and economic history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2008.

Philip and his wife, Georgina, have two children, a son and daughter. His son is reading for a Masters Degree at St Andrews University.

Philip Hygate was said to have had one main ambition, to become the current longest serving council chief executive in England. It’s clear now that this will not be achieved.


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