Philip Warner OBE was elected President of St. George’s Society of New York at its Annual General Meeting held on 26 January, 2017. Philip succeeds Richard Sexton MBE, who held the position for the past two years.
We caught up with our new President to learn more about him and his vision for the Society:
What brought you to New York?
I arrived in February 1989 to take up an appointment at the British luxury goods company, Asprey. A few years later I became the Chief Executive responsible for North American business. I spent 17 years at Asprey before establishing my own business.
Why do you think it’s important to become a member of St. George’s Society?
Firstly, the St. George’s society is one of the oldest charitable institutions in the United States that has been committed to assisting English, British and Commonwealth citizens over the past two hundred and forty six years. Secondly the membership of St. George’s is comprised of a wide variety of people of different age groups and backgrounds whose common bond is a commitment to the society’s charitable endeavors. The Society is a place where one can form lasting friendships.
What is your vision for St. George’s Society?
The Society has gradually evolved over the years while maintaining its core charitable mission. More recently we have seen the growth of a younger group of members with ‘George’. Now we wish to bring all members, young and old under the single St. George’s name. At the same time, we will introduce a new visual identity that will help us to promote the Society with potential new members and benefactors.
Our 250th Anniversary is fast approaching in 2020 and we need to make sure that we start planning now so that we can suitably mark this historic occasion.
Longer term my hope is that, what we do over the coming years, will enable the Society to thrive and grow both in terms of its membership and its charitable giving.
What do you miss about the UK?
‘England’s green and pleasant land’. There is something unique and beautiful about the British countryside. There is nothing better than a long autumn walk through woods and fields, across hill and down dale ending in a village pub with a pint of English ale in front of a log fire.
What is your favorite place in New York?
I lived in Manhattan for about eleven years before moving to Bedford in Westchester County. My favorite place in the city is Central Park. I spent countless hours there with my children and covered many miles cycling and running around the park. At the right time, it can be a tranquil break from the bustle of the city.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
My best friend is Jocksburn ‘Cammie’ Cameron, my black lab that came from the Scottish Borders. He’s a trained retriever with a champion pedigree. We walk 2-3 miles together every morning, rain or shine, and then he lies under my desk all day.