Pete spent over three decades in industry, mainly in testing employee relations environments. He has a passionate aversion to formal grievances which he sees as a waste of time, cost and stress.
Pete and his wife have a daughter, who he says keeps him on his toes and gives him a real sense of perspective. He's a real animal lover and has kept most pets but currently only has a dog and chickens. In his spare time Pete does lots of DIY.
Having left school at 16 and worked his way from the ‘coal-face’ on shop floors through to executive level for global blue-chip organisations such as Rolls-Royce and British Steel, Pete has dealt with issues ranging from office spats through to national industrial action. Whilst most of his corporate career was in HR, he also managed factories operationally and has been directly responsible for hundreds of employees.
Pete says his most valuable qualifications are through “the University of Life”, as he sees qualifications as secondary to experience, but does have a master’s degree (MSc) in Strategic HR, and of course is a qualified and accredited workplace, civil and commercial mediator with the Civil Mediation Council. He is also a Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD).
When asked why he names the company Pragmatism his answer is a simple one "it's the word I've used most in my career! No policy or law or gives you the answer when it comes to people as everybody is different, as is every situation. Good leaders have pragmatism in abundance - without it leaders can never build proper relationships and trust. There really is no need for formal grievances - as our strapline says - there's always a solution with a touch of pragmatism. People just need to talk properly, and that's what we help them to do".