philip workingTwo Degrees Group was established in 2010 by Phillip Jones and draws on his experience in business, client relations, professional development, policy and business development roles,to deliver tailored solutions and strategic insights.

Phillip has a diverse background including a successful restaurant management career, event management, public sector policy,  arts + philanthropic roles and consultant.

Previously, he owned one of Australia’s innovative professional communities, Schmooze, which created commercial, professional and mentoring opportunities for its members, plus internships, expos, marketing and workshops. At its peak it offered several events each month in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and had over 600 members.
His background in hospitality and tourism also informs his insights and expertise into customer engagement and project management.

He is an experienced presenter, comfortable both on stage and on camera. In 2015 he was the first person to speak at TEDx on the Cultural History of the Martini. Via his social media channels as his alter ego, The Martini Whisperer, he reaches some 3500 people via Facebook,, 5500 via Instagram and some 100,000 people each month via the Martini Whisperer website. He is also currently developing a world first TV concept series regarding craft distilling and cocktail culture in Australia.

Philip has also served as a member of the Australian Institute of Management’s Regional Advisory Committee, Canberra Business Point Executive Committee, Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Canberra Arts Marketing and Musica Viva Canberra committees.

He was recently appointed Executive Officer of the Canberra Region Winemakers Association. He is also an Associate member of the Australian Distillers Association.


Phillip has a wide experience working across a range of issues to both government, professional associations,  and the not for profit sector.

His clients have included the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, ANZSOG Institute of Governance, Australian Computer Society, Creative Partnerships Australia, the Department of Finance, Canberra Institute of Technology, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Austrade and the University of Canberra.

He has also worked on projects for the ATO, Department of Health and Ageing, FaHCSIA, Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, Murray Darling Basin Commission, Office of Transport Security and others.

He has served on the Australian Institute of Management’s Regional Advisory Council as Chair, the Canberra Business Point Executive Committee, Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Canberra Arts Marketing and Musica Viva Canberra committees.

Phillip regularly shares his insights into professional and social networking, leadership and mentoring. He is also often invited to speak on a range of topics, particularly on professional and social networks, personal branding and cultivating effective professional relationships.

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If you’d like to discuss engaging Two Degrees Group, please contact him to discuss the scope of the project and your desired outcomes.

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As needed, additional expertise (such as film makers, web developers or designers) are brought on as sub-contractors, and he manages those arrangements, or can work with your own preferred supplier.