Oliver Phillips (Racing)
Oliver Phillips possesses extensive financial expertise and an in-depth background in private equity. At Lime Rock New Energy he has participated in various platform investments, follow-on acquisitions and debt financings.
He retired from the Watford Observer in 2005 and now lives in a small French village, so Watford FC decided to honour him by naming Vicarage Road’s Media Suite after him.
Early Life and Education
Oliver Phillips was born in Twin City, Emanuel County, Georgia to parents Marguerite (Big Ma) and Oliver Phillips Sr. His life was profoundly shaped by both of them and they played an enormous role in his development as an individual who helped many in need. Additionally, Oliver loved sports and cars – two subjects close to his heart.
He contributed his journalistic expertise to the Watford Observer until his retirement in 1968, covering over 2000 first team matches during Watford FC’s rise from fourth division football into English Premiership under Graham Taylor.
Later in his career, he turned his focus to studying and documenting Watford’s history. He contributed regularly to its matchday programme and produced an acclaimed three-volume set on its football heritage.
Phillips enjoyed an extraordinary rugby career that saw him reach both the European final and captain England’s World Sevens team, becoming one of the sport’s most well-known faces along the way. His dynamic play endeared him to fans all around the globe while earning him several world records in the process.
Phillips remains driven to push himself beyond his limits, even after retiring from professional sports. He has accomplished remarkable feats like sailing around the world, cycling across America and scaling Africa’s highest peak, all to raise money for charities including Wooden Spoon, Street Child and Alzheimer’s Society.
Phillips recently became a senior director at Qmerit, an international energy technology company. With extensive financial expertise in place, Qmerit specializes in investments, diligence and acquisitions for companies involved with decarbonization, electrification and renewables technologies.
Achievement and Honors
Oliver “Oli” Phillips worked at the Watford Observer newspaper as assistant editor and later sports editor before retiring to live in a small village in France. He was widely respected as an authority on Watford FC history and wrote its authoritative book as well as writing popular supplements for its paper.
At the Royal College of Music in London, he earned a first-class honors degree as a John Nickson Scholar and won the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize – as a John Nickson Scholar, playing professionally for several years thereafter.
His scholarly research has illuminated remarkable shifts in Earth’s remaining tropical forests, as well as helped resolve major scientific uncertainties related to efforts to monitor and protect these special ecosystems.
Oliver was an esteemed coach and mentor to many students in Monroe, Georgia. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as fixing cars in his free time.
His research has unearthed remarkable changes in Earth’s remaining tropical forests and trees, helping resolve major scientific uncertainties regarding how, when, and why they are changing. He has significantly contributed to efforts aimed at managing and monitoring these vital ecosystems.
Oli’s proudest achievement was discovering the names of those killed by the Sandringham Road V1 bomb. Additionally, he took great pride in documenting Watford FC history, receiving texts from former players like Cliff Holton, Charlie Livesey and Luther Blissett for his birthday wishes.
Oliver Phillips possesses a net worth of $5 Million. After playing youth rugby in Brighton before going pro and representing Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics – winning a bronze medal – Oliver retired from rugby post-Olympics.
Oliver began playing the oboe at age nine and went on to study it at the Royal College of Music where he won both John Nickson Scholar and Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize awards, in addition to winning a Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship.
Oliver joined Qmerit in 2021, bringing with him extensive financial experience in the energy sector. He has extensive expertise in investment sourcing, diligence and oversight of platform investments and follow-on acquisitions as well as debt and equity financings.