Name: Rob Wherrett
Profession: Management Consultant
Attended Nunthorpe: 1964-1971
Post 16 attended: Nunthorpe GS 6th Form
University or college? University of St Andrews
Favourite subject at school: General Studies; Zoology
What I thought I wanted to do: Medicine but changed course to Life Sciences.
What I ended up doing: Management Consulting and Executive Leadership Coaching
How I got here: Accountancy (hated it), Video Games industry (management), Financial Services – ended up as Head of Marketing for a Life Assurance company and then, following redundancy, went into consulting and business project management and never looked back. Taught with the Open University MBA program for 16 years part-time. Fellow of the ILM; Certified Management Consultant; Member of: Institute of Consulting; Association for Coaching; Institute of Directors. Former panel adviser to the DTI on pensions and immigration matters. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Most useful skill or character trait for my job: Having a very broad business background and an MBA focused on Creativity, Innovation & Change.
Top tip! Do some psychometrics on yourself to better understand what makes you tick and where you might best fit or what kind of industry/role is right for you. Don’t assume based on your own understanding – be inquiring. The only person you fool by cheating on the answers is yourself.