Phil grew up in Melbourne, Australia, studied electrical engineering at Monash University and worked on radio navigation systems for the Department of Aviation before seeking fame and fortune in Europe. He married Amanda in 1997 and settled in London. He now works as a freelance IT consultant.
The surname McKerracher apparently comes from the Gaelic name MacFhearchair or Farquharson, pronounced like this and possibly meaning (son of) “very dear one”. We pronounce it to rhyme approximately with “America”.