Brigadier General Anthony W. J. Phillips-Spencer attended Trinity College from 1973 to 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Economics, a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His MSc. Research Thesis was: “Drug Policy Formulation in the Caribbean: 1982 – 2010”. He is currently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) Candidate at Walden University, Minnesota, United States of America where his interests include Public Policy and Administration, Public Management and Leadership Specialization.
He is also a graduate of the Combat Training Centre (CTC) of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Infantry Captains Career Course (ICCC) of the United States Army, and the National Security Programme (NSP-02) at the Canadian Forces College (CFC).
Brigadier General Phillips-Spencer is a military officer with 35 years of professional experience since his enlistment in March 1981. During this time he has successfully fulfilled the responsibilities of a diverse range of appointments in his military career including but not limited to: Aide-de-Camp to the President, Senior Military Liaison Officer – United Nations Mission/Support Mission in Haiti (UNMIH/UNSMIH), Chief of Delegation to the Inter-American Defence Board (IADB), and Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment (TTR). He is currently the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. In this role, he provides support to the Chief of Defence Staff and directly supervises the strategic management, defence diplomacy, and organizational development of the TTDF.
He has represented Trinidad and Tobago in several international, hemispheric and regional security cooperation assignments at the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS). These include the UN Open-Ended Working Group on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Committee on Hemispheric Security (CHS), the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), and the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA). He also represented the Country in the design and preparation for the implementation of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
Brigadier General Phillips-Spencer has attended numerous international seminars and symposia on security both as a participant and as a presenter and completed the Senior Executive Programs in National and International Security (SENIS) at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education in 2014.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Cabinet appointed National Ebola Prevention, Information and Response Team (NEPIRT), a position to which he was appointed in October 2014
He is proficient in French and Spanish and as a proponent of the philosophy of open leadership has strong views on issues related to organizational development, transformation, leadership and management.
The Trinity College Alumni Association acknowledges the achievements of Brigadier General Anthony W. J. Phillips-Spencer as a Military professional and readily admits him into its Hall of Fame.