After failing RAF pilot selection at Cranwell, Bob started with NatWest Bank (way before bonuses and mergers!) working in high street, head office and foreign exchange both here and abroad. He moved into personnel, as it was called then, and never looked back! Giving up a 2% mortgage Bob joined the LB of Hammersmith and Fulham after a brief spell at Bournemouth BC – his home town – and then Berkshire County Council. With both LBH and BCC he was a second tier officer as Head of Development & Training and as an internal consultant.
Moving into the private sector as Development & Training Manager for Sun Alliance International he was responsible for all Management Development activities – particularly the development of Middle and Senior Managers across the UK. He also held personnel and employee relations responsibilities for a number of UK based regions in the group.
Bob particularly likes Employee Relations/HR Issues, Appraisal, Recruitment & Selection and Partnership Working. He is qualified in psychometric testing and has direct experience of setting up assessment and development centres.
Random Fact: If all else fails he can organise a football match as he is a UEFA B FA qualified coach and supports AFC Bournemouth – Come on The Cherries!