Mr Philp is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was until recently Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch. Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary, Consular Operations Branch.
He has previously served overseas as Ambassador to Turkey; Deputy Head of Mission, Burma and postings to Saudi Arabia, Vientiane, London, Nairobi and Madrid.
Mr Philp holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University. He speaks Arabic and French.