Name: Andrew Gartside
Specialisms: Pensions and Pensions Law
Joined: 2nd November 1988
Number 1 single that day: Enya - Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
Top grossing film in the UK that year: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
This month in 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected in the United States Presidential Election
What initially attracted you to IPS?
The advert in the Yellow Pages!
Recruitment has a reputation of high staff turnover – what has made you stay for 30 years?
IPS truly has been, and remains, a great place to work and I think that’s a decent reason to stay anywhere. The MBO in 1991 was a major turning point but it helps to have worked with so many great people over the years too.
How has IPS changed over the past 30 years?
When I started it was typewriters, manual files and no email or internet – we had only just taken delivery of a fax machine. We have undoubtedly modernised like everyone else but in many ways I prefer the things that haven’t changed - a very professional environment and a core of extremely knowledgeable, productive people.
Best habit at work your colleagues would say you have:
Probably my relentlessly cheerful demeanour.
Worst habit at work your colleagues would say you have:
Doubtless an extremely long list – I would imagine still being here after 30 years would feature fairly heavily…
Best Memory at IPS:
Most of the time I can barely remember what I had for breakfast. I originally came for a meeting to discuss possible career options and ended up being offered a job which I was delighted to accept, and that has always felt like a pretty good decision.