Robert Pettigrew, FRSA, MCIPR, MILT (Director)
Robert Pettigrew is a graduate economist with over ten years’ experience as a researcher, speech-writer, public policy adviser and communications consultant in Parliament, for various trade bodies, associations, think-tanks, charities and public bodies. Graduating in 1999, Robert worked in Parliamentary & Public Communications at the Strategic Rail Authority until 2004. Since then, he has worked for a number of Parliamentarians on the front- and back-benches in both Houses of Parliament, including advising on economic policy, transport, defence, energy, European affairs, social policy, education, health, communities, justice and constitutional affairs. Standing for Parliament at the 2005 General Election, Robert served as an elected councillor on Portsmouth City Council between 2000 and 2002, serving on the Education, Housing and Public Protection committees. A school governor since 1999, he has also served as an independent custody visitor, a member of an independent prison monitoring board, a community panel member of a youth offending team, a police and community liaison panel member, founder of a prison reading group and director of a local citizens’ advice bureau. Robert is also a social entrepreneur, having established Released Potential as a community interest company, to provide mentoring for those excluded from the labour market and to broker opportunities for participants to improve their employability – including making more productive use of prison industrial potential. Robert’s recreations include music (he plays the piano and organ), cricket, rugby, golf, swimming, and attending horse-racing. He is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.