Robert Gofton - Trustee
Robert was appointed as Trustee in September 2018. Rob is the current Chief Executive of the Royal Lifesaving Society and has previously worked as the Chief Executive Officer at the children’s charity, CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) and Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union.
Rob has extensive experience of working within the charity and private sectors and also brings a wealth of expertise within commercial businesses and fundraising.
He started his career as a professional cricketer and played for five years before a shoulder injury forced his early retirement. During his career, he played for Worcestershire & Leicestershire and made his first-class debut against Pakistan in 1992. Following his cricketing career, Rob returned to education, studying for a BA (Hons) in Marketing & Accounting. He holds Diplomas in Marketing, Market Research and a PGCHE. He is also a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In his spare time, Rob is a keen surfer or can be found watching football in his role as a professional scout.
When I saw the opportunity to become a Trustee I was keen to apply. I think the work the charity does around mental health and supporting people to realise their potential really resonates with my own passions and experience. I also hope my experiences of working in other charities can be used, in some small way, to help Step One.