Bobby Stewart is the Executive Director (Private Wealth Management) for Goldman Sachs (formerly principal consultant at Capco) and a Major in the Army Reserve commanding G Company, 7 Rifles
On leaving the Army he joined Capco on their Armed Forces programme. At Capco he was the Principal Consultant working in the Capital Markets domain. He has worked on large Regulatory projects and was recently advising Investment Banks on their Brexit strategy and implementation.
He continued his service in the military and is currently a Major in the Army Reserve and commands G Company, 7 Rifles. G Company has over 130 Riflemen in three locations across London. 71 members of the Company are committed to Operations in the UK and UN peacekeeping in Cyprus.
Bobby was mobilised at very short notice in support of Operation Rescript. Operation Rescript is the military’s support to the civil authorities as part of the government’s response to COVID-19. Bobby has been employed in the J3/5 team in Joint Military Command South East.
Bobby says “Capco have been a fantastic employer and could not have been more supportive of my deployment. The normal mobilisation of Reservists is 28 days, however Capco received 3 days for my mobilisation for Op RESCRIPT. Everyone in the firm ensured that I was supported in handing over my client and project work. I also receive several personal messages of support from senior leaders across the firm.”
Armed Forces 2 Capco
Military service imbues a range of skills that are eminently transferable to the business of financial services consulting. The UK Armed Forces 2 Capco (AF2C) programme continues to go from strength to strength. Having received a Silver award under the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme in 2017, Capco now offers employees two weeks’ paid leave to serve as reservists, the key criteria to qualify for the Scheme’s top-tier Gold award.
How it all began
Formed in 2013, the scheme initially began as an internship initiative that was established by Capco Managing Principal Pete Mayberry, who had previously served in the Royal Navy. Back then, was at the beginning of what has proved a significant growth journey – at that time the London office comprised just 150 people compared to the 1,100+ consultants we employ there today. Capco saw an opportunity to tap a new source of professionals who bring an array of transferrable skills.
Capco signed the Armed Forces Covenant and became a member of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2015. To date, AF2C has been the gateway into the world of consulting for 80 individuals drawn from all three services.
“Financial services is a complex and fast-evolving environment and we are always looking for new sources of talent. The AF2C programme enables us to bring seasoned, high-calibre leaders into our business and provides the opportunity to draw upon their many years of training and the experience and skills these individuals have built up during their time in the services.”James Arnett, Capco’s AF2C sponsoring Partner