Tim Roberts (1975 Leaver) – A Trailblazing Career in Communications

Tim Roberts (1975 Leaver) – Managing Director, Good Measures Limited

Tim Roberts

With Tim’s background in ecology, he has successfully managed to combine a strong scientific and environmental understanding with those of a seasoned management consultant operating internationally. Tim has spent over 29 years communicating employee initiatives in the UK and further afield, including 17 years as founder and managing director of Talking People (1991 – 2008) and Wyatt (1987 – 1991, now Towers Watson). He has provided internal communication and employee research services to over 100 clients with some partnerships exceeding 26 years, including multinationals/household names in the financial services, consumer, retail, pharmaceutical, (petro)chemical and heavy engineering/manufacturing as well as public sectors. Overall, over 60% of projects focused on pensions alone.

Many of these projects were trailblazers (e.g. the first, global all-employee share plan – Guinness; women serving on board operational ships – The Royal Navy; the modernisation and harmonisation of all group employees’ terms – Lloyds TSB Group; and, balanced-risk pension arrangements for Barclays, Centrica, Bank of Ireland and the UK civil service).

Tim also communicated the first DC pension scheme in the UK for Chase Manhattan Bank in 1987. He also sponsored many trends in employee education and wealth creation leading to multiple, international awards including 13 for Barclays afterwork and over 15 for AstraZeneca’s LifePlanner. Tim has also worked with the UK government on major workplace/public education exercises and personally invented the Combined Pension Forecast (CPF) for Alistair Darling MP, then Secretary of State for Social Security at the DWP.

After reading Environmental Science at London University, Tim became one of the first corporate ecologists in the UK with Redland (now Lafarge). He was then a pioneer environmental consultant with Environmental Resources Limited (now ERM).