Philip Hamlyn Williams

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Journalism, Media and Publishing
Job title: Author
Subject of study: Humanities
Year of graduation: 2008
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I took my degree at age 57, then took an MA in Professional Writing. I spent three years as CEO at Lincoln Cathedral and am now an author of non fiction. Previously I was a partner in Price Waterhouse and then held two senior management positions in the not for profit sector.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I came to writing late and is the most enjoyable and least well paid job I have done.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a distance learning student.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I loved my dissertation.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

My tutor Min Wild.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

My sister and many of my friends.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Essay writing and research.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Probably don’t, unless like me they have a pension.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m 69 in a months time and have no plans to stop writing. I have one book about to go to press and I am talking to my publisher, the History Press, about a further three.


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