Following a career that started in 1978 with SNIPEF (Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation) and Plumbing Pensions (UK) Ltd, he has also served as Chairman on the Board of the World Plumbing Council.
While he is still planning to keep his hand in the world of plumbing – Robert is due to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers in 2017 – he will now have more time to follow his love of music, ranging from prog rock to opera.
Here he shares his look back on 40 years in the industry:
"Organisations like SNIPEF (for which I have had the privilege to work for the last 38 years) exist both to assist their members and to seek improvements in the conditions in which professional businesses and individuals operate. As I approach retirement, if I were to highlight three significant developments of the last four decades, I would mention:
Balanced against what I see as positive changes,it is more than a little frustrating that we have not seen more progress in the level of understanding and respect that many people in the UK have for the role of the plumbing industry:
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed (almost) every moment of my time working in this great industry (about which I knew nothing in 1978). I hope that I have contributed in some small way to improvements and I wish my industry colleagues every success in facing the challenges that still exist."
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