Born in Neath, she studied at Neath Port Talbot College and is resident in London. Roles works for the train operating company Southern as a train driver on the London Metro services servicing South London. She represents Swansea Harriers at club level.
On Wednesday 16 July 2008, Philippa appeared as Jonny Saunder's guest in the feature "Who's in the Locker, Cocker?" on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show.
She is 5 ft 10 inches tall and weighs 88 kg.
|Representing Great Britain and Wales|
|1995||European Junior Championships||Nyíregyháza, Hungary||12th||44.84 m|
|1996||World Junior Championships||Sydney, Australia||16th (q)||46.48 m|
|1997||European Junior Championships||Ljubljana, Slovenia||3rd||50.62 m|
|1998||Commonwealth Games||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||6th||54.10 m|
|1999||Universiade||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||15th (q)||54.82 m|
|European U23 Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||4th||55.37 m|
|2001||Universiade||Beijing, China||6th||55.02 m|
|2002||Commonwealth Games||Manchester, United Kingdom||4th||57.65 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||18th (q)||58.83 m|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||6th||58.38 m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||27th (q)||57.44 m|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||4th||57.99 m|
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