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Q&A with Rob, COO and People Science Director

Rob, our COO and People Science Director talks with us today about his job role at the PxHub and why he does what he does. Find out which star from the Big Breakfast Rob has been described as and how he got into his role now!

Today, we talk with our COO and People Science Director, Rob, to find out more about his job role at the PxHub and why he does what he does.  

What do you do for The People Experience hub?  

I''m our COO and People Science Director, so have two roles really. As People Science Director my role is to make sure that the work we do and the insights we deliver for our clients are grounded in evidence, including external theory/research and data analysis. My role as COO, as a startup, is about making sure that we are equipped as a business to deliver on our future goals.

How did you get into doing what you do now? 

The road to the PXHub has been a long and winding one! Over the last 20-odd years I''ve been in sport psychology, IT consulting, business change, OD, HR, general management and even sales operations. I think that the breadth of experience is crucial now, because the challenges are many and varied, particularly as we think about scaling up. I met Nick when I was working in HR and he pitched the forerunner to the PXHub to me, and I was an advisor before I jumped on board fully.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?  

My first response to that is "which industry?". I could say I''m in HR, business psychology or tech. But I think that points to my advice, which is not to have too much of a fixed view of what your career will or should be, and to embrace opportunities even if you''re not sure where they''ll lead you.

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous, who was it?

Loads, funnily enough. But always different. So I think that just means I''m kind of average. But, I was once described as a fat Richard Orford from the Big Breakfast (for those of a certain age). I turned on the telly to check for myself and thought "OMG!" it''s true. A proper doppelganger.

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