Englishman Rob Haveswood believes he’s landed his dream job.
The 30-year-old is the new Philanthropic Strategy Leader for the TSB Community Trust, an organisation whose values closely align with his own, especially the catchphrase “together we are stronger”.
“For me it’s always been important to do something I love, and I thought this job would absolutely do that,” he says. “Philanthropy is about giving; it’s about love and doing good stuff.”
After gaining a degree in sports science, specialising in outdoor activity at Bangor University in Wales, the former Londoner followed the seasons for six years teaching people to surf in Cornwall, Portugal and South Africa.
When he and his teacher wife Beth visited New Zealand for nine months in 2011, they “saw the life we could have”, went back to England and emigrated in 2013.
For the past five years, they have lived in Taranaki, where Rob has been working for Sport Taranaki.
He spent a year focused on disability sport, a year in schools helping teachers with their physical education programmes and then moved to the executive team where he led “Insights and Evaluation”.
That position involved helping the organisation with decision-making based on evidence and the voice of the community.
When the philanthropy job came up at the Trust, it ticked all the boxes for him. “They support so many great programmes, initiatives and organisations,” he says.
“I very much see it as a linking role with partners and stakeholders in the community.”
When he’s not at work, Rob will be out tramping on Te Maunga o Taranaki with Beth, or in the water surfing or on a stand-up paddleboard.
“I love being active and that’s part of the reason we came to Taranaki,” he says.