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Thank you Phil: CSP chief executive's retirement prompts praise

As Phil Gray retires as CSP chief executive, former and current colleagues comment on his contribution to the profession

‘Throughout my involvement in the work of the CSP, Phil has provided strong, inspirational and strategic leadership to the profession.

His passion, loyalty, care and his absolute belief in physiotherapy has been manifested in all that he has done.
Phil is a supreme networker and has built strong bonds with influencers and colleagues throughout the health sector.’
Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development and a former vice chair and chair of CSP Council

‘I have known Phil for at least 20 years and have long appreciated his work at the CSP and the RCN. 

Phil was instrumental in paving the way for the CSP’s affiliation to the TUC.  Wherever he has been, Phil has done a first class job giving members a quality of organisation which matches their best professional standards and expectations. 

‘I have watched with admiration what he has done at the CSP, both internally and in the wider world. He is one of those few key people who have put the society well and truly on the map.  I wish him well for the next phase of life.

He leaves some big shoes for his successor to fill.’
John Monks, former TUC general secretary

‘The CSP has been in good hands during Phil’s tenure.  So has the very special and longstanding relationship between World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and CSP.  

Phil, thank you for your unconditional support and your friendship.
The WCPT and I will both miss you.’
Brenda Myers, secretary general, WCPT

‘Phil joined the CSP at a time of turbulence and proceeded to institute change and order.  During his time, the society has faced many challenges and these have been overcome.  

It has also experienced many pleasures, such as the increase in commissions for undergraduate places and developments in self-referrals.

He leaves the CSP in a stronger position than he found it.’
Sarah Bazin, former chair, CSP Council

Phil Gray has consistently advocated that the CSP as an organisation is at its strongest when it meets the needs of all its members during the various stages of their professional lives.

As a trade union and a professional body we have, under Phil’s tenure, offered the “best of both” to our members. ‘Phil has been a great spokesperson for the CSP.  His passion for physiotherapy is legendary and has helped build the robust organisation that we are proud to be today.

We are grateful and thank him for all his work and commitment on behalf of the society and its members.
Sue Rees, chair, CSP Council

‘Phil has done an amazing job over the last 15 years as a strong but also very approachable chief executive.

‘All the chairs of Council who  have worked with him will join me in thanking him for his work and for his outstanding support for chairs during their terms of office.’
Dr Helena Johnson, vice president, immediate past chair of Council, honorary treasurer and honorary student president

‘Phil Gray has made an enormous contribution to both the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the CSP. ‘Phil is a man who has brought imaginative thinking and a highly ethical approach to his work.

His ultimate aim has always been the development of high standards of patient care and to achieve this Phil has contributed to the development of the health workforce.

‘Phil can look back on a lifetime of service knowing only that he made a contribution but that he has undoubtedly made a difference.’
Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary, RCN

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