Robert Weaver Deputy Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council
Member since 2014
"I was introduced to Solace by my former boss, who suggested I apply for Springboard. To hear that Solace was essential for a career journey like mine, from someone I trusted, was invaluable. That first experience of Solace was highly enlightening – I realised that it’s very well organised, and that made me think that this group was worth putting some time into.
I’ve attended several events, including Summits, and the workshops and presentations are always excellent. I always come away feeling invigorated. The networking opportunities extremely useful. Just rubbing shoulders is all very well, but as a member of Solace I feel like I belong to that peer group: being able to have a chat with senior people ‘off-duty’ showed me that (though we may be at different points) we’re all trying to do the same things, and that was incredibly valuable.
I know that some people feel Solace is a bit of a ‘magic circle’, but the reality is that it’s much more accessible. It’s completely worth the money and time, especially if you’re wanting to move your career on and invest in being better at helping the community you want to serve."