Phillip Toyne AO
1947 - 2015
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Phillip Toyne AO over the weekend.
Phillip became involved with McCullough Robertson after serving as a director on the board of the Australian Agricultural Company with Brett Heading, who was impressed by Philip’s knowledge and integrity. Since 2011, Phillip was engaged as our General Counsel for Indigenous Affairs, Carbon and Environment Issues. In this time, he spearheaded our carbon farming practice and was an instigator in the firm becoming part of a consortium of companies that ultimately became Natural Carbon Pty Ltd, a company that project manages carbon farming projects with a particular focus on indigenous projects.
Working with indigenous communities, Phillip demonstrated tenacity and persistence in continuing to pursue positive and constructive outcomes, in challenging circumstances where others would have more-easily walked away.
McCullough Robertson has often been described as a broad church and Phillip was one of those special individuals that contributed to the firm’s significant breadth. For those that knew him well, there was no-one quite like Phillip and in the tributes since his death, he has been described as a leading environmentalist, a pioneer and an ‘unpretentious visionary’.
Many of us witnessed first-hand Phillip’s passion and vision. Despite his health complications, Phillip was relentless in pursuing causes he believed in and would make things come about through sheer will and persistence. For those of us who have had the privilege and opportunity to work closely with Phillip on a number of projects, our personal and professional capacities and our outlook on life has been made all the richer.
Phillip died on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer with his family by his side. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Molly and sons Jamie, Atticus and Aaron.