A memorial service to top Midland banker and global advocate for Birmingham Mervyn Phillips takes place in the city on Friday.
Mr Phillips, who was in his 50s, died in March after a long career in the banking world. His career with Lloyds TSB saw him travel all over the world including Spain, France, Portugal and South America. For much of the last 15 years or so Mr Phillips was based in Birmingham and still doing his worldwide deal-making.
Latterly, after leaving the bank, he joined actuaries firm Quantum.
Mr Phillips was born in Swansea and was a passionate Welshman and rugby fan. He was a graduate in Russian Language and Literature from London University, while his interests included rugby, golf, cockles and lavabread.
But, living in Warwickshire, Mr Phillips became a campaigner for Birmingham, particularly its international profile, playing a major role on lobby group Birmingham Forward’s international committee, being a director of the British American Business Council and retaining many connections with France and the French.
The memorial service at St Philip's Cathedral, in Colmore Row, Birmingham, will begin at 3pm. Daughter Alison Phillips said: “All are welcome and I hope it will be a great networking event for the Birmingham business community.”