Phil’s CV

Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton

Experienced award-winning financial report writer and journalist. After a 10-year career at The Independent I am established as a freelance writer, consultant and journalist. I produce reports on issues such as finance, macroeconomics and world trade. I write news, interviews, analyses, and features for several publications.


Self-motivated experienced writer, able to work alone or in a team; excellent contacts across a range of subjects; calm under pressure; able to write swiftly and accurately to tight deadlines. I am able to process and draw conclusions from raw data. I have extensive experience of interviewing people.

I specialise in concerting the complex language used in business, economics and finance into plain English for a lay audience. Clients include newspapers and magazines and a wider range of companies, trade bodies and third sector organisations.

I have written for a range of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Director, Emerging Markets, Procurement Leaders City AM and PM-Select.

Examples of recent work


Feature Writer of the Year, 2009 WorkWorld Media Awards

Print journalist of the year, 2006 WorkWorld Media Awards

Finalist, Business Journalist of the Year Awards, 2000, 2004


1991 Diploma in Journalism, Centre for Journalism Studies, University of Wales 1990 Law degree (2.1); University College London


Economics Demystified, Pearson, 2013, republished 2015

The Great Economists iFT Publishing, 2014.