Spotlight on – Our Trustees – Robert Pitts
Posted on Nov 5 2021
For this Spotlight, we spoke with another one of our newest Trustees, Robert Pitts, who joined us in September 2021. Robert brings with him an abundance of knowledge and experience in Human Resources, he even has some royal connections… Read on to find out more. What expertise do you bring to ategi? I’ve been working […]
For this Spotlight, we spoke with another one of our newest Trustees, Robert Pitts, who joined us in September 2021. Robert brings with him an abundance of knowledge and experience in Human Resources, he even has some royal connections… Read on to find out more.
What expertise do you bring to ategi?
I’ve been working in HR for 25 years, at all levels up to director level. I’ve worked in elderly dementia care, mental health and learning disabilities and the third sector.
What made you want to become an ategi trustee?
I had worked with trustees before, and I’ve seen, first-hand, how much value trustees add to a company and what that extra level of management can add. The Trustees I worked with really helped me focus on how I would approach people management. I was able to use this experience to gauge my thoughts and plans and then bounce them off someone who had. Coming from 25 years of experience working in HR I feel I have valuable experience to offer. I feel that the care industry is undervalued right now and the amount of work that is done isn’t recognised and people don’t understand what goes on within the industry. The health sector, in particular, has been hit very hard by the pandemic and it’s going to be ongoing. We’ve got the obvious issues, but what we have to be careful of is the impact on staff on the ground and the people we’re supporting. Ensuring the health of our staff and those we support is going to be vital.
What we need to understand is, that we’re serving the community and having that experience is invaluable. People are people no matter what job they do, it’s how you manage that situation in the sector you’re working in.
What is it that makes a trustee role special?
I think it’s adding value to wherever you come in. I know I will learn a lot from ategi and the people I work alongside. I can offer something back to ategi and I can do it free of charge! I think every charity should have this, it’s a great diverse team we have, in terms of experience and knowledge. It’s about bringing in ideas, challenging and working alongside management to bring about the best possible service.
What do you enjoy about being a trustee?
I really, really enjoyed meeting everyone else in the team and hearing about their history and how well everyone works together. There’s a great challenge in front of us at ategi and I’m excited about that. I’m a firm believer that we should work as a family, everyone should have their say and have their input.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
I like to get out and about, I live near the coast which I love exploring.
I have a 17-year-old daughter and a son who is 11 who has just started secondary school. I do a lot of sport with my son like football and rugby. I’ve also signed him up for winter cricket this year, must tell him about that at some point!
I also enjoy reading and I’m currently researching my family tree.
Can you tell us an unusual fact about yourself?
I was in the Royal Navy for 10 years, and for 2 years served on the same ship as Prince Andrew. Part of my role involved decrypting personal messages to Prince Andrew from the Queen. Prince Andrew even bought me a beer when we were onshore in Gibraltar once.