A former head of communications for Heathrow Airport, he was hired by the NDA in 2005 for a salary of well over £70,000 a year to manage its PR, with a deputy and nine other press officers working under him. Previously he led the British Airports Authority's successful campaign for Terminal 5 at Heathrow despite furious public opposition. He had worked at BAA since 1992 in a number of roles including Community Relations, Media Relations and Public Affairs.
He had spent five years working in consultancy public relations before joining BAA. 
See also SourceWatch Jon Philips
- MINUTES OF THE NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING, WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2012, 09:00 – 15:00, CROWNE PLAZA COLCHESTER FIVE LAKES, MALDON, COLCHESTER, ESSEX CM9 8HX
- Jonathan Leake and Dan Box, "When PR goes nuclear", New Statesman, May 27, 2005
- Jon Phillips, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, acc 16 July 2012