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Andrew Gartside - 30 years with IPS Group

Tim Southworth

Name: Andrew Gartside

Position: Director

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.