Robert's Story

  • BA, University of Oxford, English Language and Literature
  • Oil and Gas



Q: When you joined PwC's Strategy&?

A: 2009

Q: Why Strategy&?

A: I've spent my career in the advisory sector, and still get an enormous kick out of the advisor's role - the rigour of analysis, the stimulation of sharing the intellectual challenge with my client and with the great people in my team. This is common to a lot of advisory firms, but for me the difference at Strategy& is that we're often able to become central, not just on the big decisions themselves, but that we also remain advisors through the longer journey. It's fantastic to develop a relationship with a client and be able to continue to support them through seeing your advice mature into actions, and to see your ideas have a positive impact.

Q: What's been your most rewarding project to date?

A: I led a strategy team and acted as an industry/commercial advisor in a major financial restructuring. During the project, we had to shift our approach; taking all that we had learnt throughout the process in long-term, analytical contexts, and applying it to live, high-value and high-risk decisions on a daily basis. We were liberated from reports and PowerPoint, and had to continually step-up and advise the client. It was great to take responsibility, and I was immensely proud to be able to be part of a team that could make that transition, whilst keeping the discipline of clear thinking and objective advice.