After studying agriculture at Askham Bryan, Philip Wilkinson began his career in the dairy industry. Starting as a management trainee at the Milk Marketing Board of England and Wales, he progressed through a range of senior roles within the industry, culminating with his service as the commercial director of Arla Foods plc. During this time, Wilkinson also studied agribusiness at Harvard Business School.
Throughout his career, Wilkinson has held several industry positions, including chairmanship of the Dairy Council and National Dairy Farm Assured Ltd. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the dairy industry in 2003.
Upon leaving the dairy sector, Wilkinson became the managing director of Grampian Country Food Group’s integrated chicken business, and in 2006, he joined 2 Sisters Food Group. He is a director of the Red Tractor Poultry Sector Board and the British Poultry Council and serves as a vice president and council member of AVEC (the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU). He is a past director of Inghams, a poultry integrator in Australia and New Zealand; a past non-executive director of Cogent, a ruminant genetics company based in England; chairman of Greengage, a lighting and sensor company for the poultry and swine industry based in Scotland; and a director of Paramount 21, a privately owned seafood company based in the UK and Australia.
Wilkinson is the chairman of BetaBugs, an insect genetics company, and has been newly appointed as the director of MHP, a poultry, animal feeds and crop-growing company based out of Ukraine. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Poulters and is a freeman of the City of London.