She then moved to the Department of Trade and Industry as a consultant in their futurefocus@dti facility working with DTI and its customers on scenario planning, performance management, business planning and project working between 2000 and 2003. This led to further involvement with the ‘learning the habit of innovation’ programme and subsequent involvement with the i-lab project working in universities across East Anglia. She also collaborated with the DfES to build a set of scenarios for the future of education and life-long learning that are still used to test policy ideas across Government.
Since 2003 Phyllida has been an associate of Olivier Mythodrama and now of Contender Charlie, delivering workshops on inspirational leadership and change management. She continues to work with public sector clients on diversity policy and also runs creativity workshops for several public and private sector companies.