Phillip Ullmann is a passionate social entrepreneur with a mission to create business models that deliver benefits measured as much by people, community and nature as by financial assets.
Phillip believes in creating workplaces that empower and encourage innovative and forward-thinking leaders. By giving them the tools and opportunities to succeed, leaders can change their own lives and the lives of their workforce. This philosophy is exemplified by Phillip’s recruitment of talented and like-minded executives who grew the Cordant Group into the UK’s second largest recruitment and services firm with a turnover of £850m and a workforce of over 100,000.
In 2017 Cordant became a social enterprise, and Phillip’s guiding principles became enshrined in the Company’s Articles of Association with pledges to cap executive pay and the company’s dividend, and the setting up of a profit-sharing plan.
In 2019 Phillip co-authored Cordant’s Social Impact Report which set out a ‘five point social strategy’ focused on improving worker’s opportunities by putting purpose before profit, and wellbeing before wealth creation. A campaign was also launched to promote and implement the Real Living Wage.
In 2020 Cordant Group was sold to Twenty20 Investors who have pledged to continue Cordant’s commitment to be a socially responsible business, and where Phillip will continue in his role as Chief Energiser.
Phillip recently set up Covenant Advisory to provide independent consulting to national and local Government and to businesses in order to develop alliances between the public and private sector for the wellbeing of the British people. Covenant’s objective is to help businesses and institutions find their purpose, transform their organisations and deliver lasting change using new methods and metrics.