Robert Watson

Advisor international affairs

Robert’s career started as an officer in the British Army, where he reached the rank of Lt/Col and continued in the telecommunications industry, initially in sales and marketing and latterly as BT’s regional manager the East Midlands. From the Army he learnt the art of strategic analysis and planning and has never forgotten the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s moto “Serve to Lead”, which refers to the importance of looking after the welfare, training and morale of soldiers/staff, in order to earn their respect and thus the right and privilege to lead them. In business he gained experience of a wide range of commercial and public-sector organisations, a keen awareness of the role of technology and built an extensive network of contacts.

For the last 10 years has drawn on this combined experience to provide leadership and advice to businesses and the public-sector. His key strength lies in assisting organisations to work out how they need to develop strategically and in understanding, developing and implementing systems and structures to ensure that a business and its people can successfully operate and reach their full potential.

Between 2008 – 11, he served on OFCOM’s advisory board for England and for more than 2 decades has worked closely with the Asian community in Leicester. For the last 6 years has been developing business interests in East Africa and in particular in Somalia, where he has supported the development of public-sector institutions and is committed to the creation of new businesses that are crucial to the economic and social wellbeing of a country that is emerging from 25 years of civil war.

Robert has travelled widely and enjoys exploring and understanding cultures that are new to him. He lives in Nottingham; he is married to Birgit, who comes from Denmark and has 3 grown up daughters and 5 grandchildren.

  • Location: Nottingham, UK
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