Speaker / Host
Winner of the first Big Brother in 2000, Craig Phillips is an entrepreneur, property developer & TV presenter with a vast knowledge in construction.
About Craig Phillips
Craig’s warm down to earth personality and vast knowledge in construction makes him a popular choice for a variety of corporate and educational clients for live appearances. After his success in Big Brother, Craig Phillips has established himself as a firm favourite DIY expert and presenter with his confident and experienced approach to presenting.
Craig Phillips was born in Liverpool in 1971 as the youngest of 2 children, his family moved to Shropshire in the late 1980´s and at 18, Craig secured a bricklaying apprenticeship.
Whilst employed with Wrekin Council´s construction department.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 shot to fame as the first ´Big Brother´ where Craig received 3.7 million votes on the final night and donated his entire £70,000 prize money to a Downs Syndrome friend Joanne Harris and he won over the hearts of a nation. Many viewers already knew he was a self-made entrepreneur, having set up and ran his own highly successful building company for 10 years throughout the 1990´s and had started developing his own property portfolio; employing 30 tradesmen and operating a company with an annual turnover of over £1 million. He is 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 850 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 Zealandand the USA.After his success on the very first. Some of Craig’s TV credits include:60 Minute Makeover ITV, House Call BBC1, Our House UK Style, Boyz in the Wood Discovery, Trading Up BBC1 & Builders, Sweat and Tears BBC1 and UK Style.
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. 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.
He is often asked to attend as guest of honour at official openings of housing developments, present property awards events, deliver motivational and after dinner speeches, open home improvement and garden superstores, perform professional building demonstrations at home and trade shows, open housing and regeneration conferences, host on stage building challenges at construction trade shows, open construction trade counter branches and lend his support to regional and national regeneration initiatives.
"Just to say a huge thank you to Craig for once again for hosting the awards. He is an absolute delight to work with, he takes time to speak to all of the guests and have photos which really does make their evening extra special. I hope he and his partner enjoyed the awards and without being presumptuous, as I know how busy he is I will be in touch again next year to see if he would like to be involved once again."
Events North West
"We couldn't have chosen a more professional and engaging person, we were so impressed, we asked Craig to be our patron. He made everyone feel so welcome from dignitaries to service users and was very happy to give media interviews with his usual energy and enthusiasm"