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Rob Stewart - President / Trustee

Robert StewartRob Stewart's company Stevenage Packaging was a founding member of the Stevenage Community Trust in 1990 and he has been a trustee, advocate and volunteer throughout the life of the Trust, now serving his 35th year.

Rob was our third Chairman preceded by Ken Follett CBE and the late Lord David Cobbold.

He became President in 2023 succeeding Barry Norman CBE and Ken Follett CBE.

Robert Stewart

With students at Nobel School, Stevenage for Uniqueness

Outside of the trust, Rob founded the volunteer only charity Uniqueness in 2003 and has personally spoken to over 6,000 students and works on a one-to-one basis with, young, prolific and persistent offenders. Uniqueness has worked closely with the Princes Trust, YMCA and the Hertfordshire Police.

Robert Stewart

Receiving Paul Harris Fellowship award from The Rotary Club

In 2018 Rob was recognised for his work in the community and awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship award from The Rotary Club - for 'Service above Self'. 150 are awarded each year by the Board of Rotary International. Recipients worldwide include President Jimmy Carter and Boris Yeltsin.

Rob is the current Chair of Solachra, representing residents from one of the most historic residential areas in Cambridge.

As an entrepreneur, in 1989 Rob aged 23, founded Stevenage Packaging, a global packaging solutions provider serving customers worldwide. Under his leadership, they have won a number of regional awards: New Business Enterprise Award, Against All Odds Award, Employee of the Year Award, with Rob awarded Business Person of the Year Award.

Robert Stewart

Former WBA Boxing world champion Barry McGuigan MBE

In the fitness sector, Rob founded Genetics Gymnasium Ltd in Stevenage in 1992. After a dynamic period of highly profitable growth he subsequently sold to Marco Goldschmied, business partner of Lord Richard Rogers in 1994.

Within his group of companies, he is also the owner of several other packaging companies acquired in recent years including an East Midlands manufacturing plant of 100% recyclable polythene products for the food industry, medical and NHS sectors with a BRC AA accreditation.

He is also the founder and Managing Director of Trumpington Estates Limited specialising in office, warehousing, residential lettings, historic renovations and period new builds.

Robert Stewart

Former WBC Heavyweight Boxing world champion Frank Bruno MBE

Robert Stewart

Winning Business Person of the Year from Jonathan Ross in 1999

Robert Stewart

Former Trust President & best selling author Ken Follett, CBE, FRSL

Robert Stewart

With Arnold Schwarzenegger

Robert Stewart

British Winter Olympian Eddie the Eagle

In our first 34 years, we gave out more than £2 million in grants to help local people and organisations.

We could not have realised this without the generosity of our supporters and our aim is to build on the these rock solid foundations and be even more impactful for our community as we focus on the next 15 years towards our 50th anniversary.Robert Stewart - President
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Stevenage Community Trust, Richmond House, Walkern Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3QP

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