As Christmas approaches it is a wonderful thing to receive a very special gift. Indeed that is precisely the good fortune of the All Golds. The securing of proud Bristolian Robert Webber as a non-executive director is without doubt a Yuletide bounty for the ‘Golden Fern’. Rob is Head of Operations for the highly successful Bristol Sport Foundation (BSF) where his role is to oversee the operations team, which includes the Marketing, Media, Finance and Administration functions.
However it was as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds that he first made an impression in professional sport. Under his guidance the All Golds – then in League 1 – secured remarkable victories against some of the nation’s most famous clubs. Amongst his achievements were the establishment of the superb 1908 and Golden Fern Cups for Gloucestershire schools, the creation of a fine reserve grade side, the implementation of a popular and successful player pathway from 14 to 18 years of age and the creation of the popular All Golds’ Business Breakfasts. Rob initially caught the attention of the club’s hierarchy when he spearheaded the varsity All Golds’ meteoric rise to the national title. The best universities in the land were beaten and the Championship secured in a thrilling finale against Loughborough University at the All Golds’ Gloucester headquarters, St Peter’s School.
All Golds’ chairman Lionel Hurst is fulsome in his praise,
” Rob was the youngest Chief Executive Officer in UK professional sport. During his tenure he displayed tremendous tenacity and strength of spirit in establishing so much of what is now coming to fruition. We made a special trip to Bristol with the clear desire of seeking Rob’s return. We are thrilled at his acceptance and extremely grateful to Bristol Sport Foundation for their support and concurrence in his appointment.”
Amongst his duties at the Foundation is the responsibility for the design, creation and adoption of BSF’s digital infrastructure, data and insight and monitoring and evaluation systems and frameworks. This is spearheaded by their work with the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport and Sport England to deliver an open data integrated system that delivers smart technological solutions to tackle inactivity and poor physical and mental health.
Rob is now settled back in his home city of Bristol where he was born and bred and this is how he views his return to the club that wears the Golden Fern,
“Rejoining the All Golds feels like a bit of a homecoming for me. It is the club where my professional career in sport started, when I was appointed the inaugural CEO of the club back in 2012. I have fond memories of my time in those early days and was fortunate enough to be involved in some wonderful moments; such as beating Hunslet Hawks in their own backyard, hosting the Salford Red Devils in the Challenge Cup in front of 1,000 fans in Cheltenham and winning the ‘Club of the Year’ award that celebrated our off field success. So when Lionel asked me to join the board how could I say no…. I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to help the All Golds to recreate and indeed exceed some of those moments.”