Neither Rob nor Lynne come from a teaching or education based background; this is quite common in the Tutor Doctor network as ‘teaching’ is not a prerequisite when the franchise is all about managing a network of qualified tutors, not doing the tutoring yourself.
Rob Kerrison embarked on a very successful career in Sales & Marketing after completing his Business degree. He worked for a number of blue chip organisations in senior roles, starting with Unilever on their graduate management scheme and progressing to Campbell’s Grocery Products.
He then switched industries to work for Orange, heading up New Customer Marketing for Pay Monthly mobile phones. Rob’s career changed again when he moved across to the Retail side of the business to Head up Product, Operations and Marketing on the Orange Retail Leadership team.
When Rob left Orange he took up a couple of short term roles but decided he wanted to run his own business in summer 2010; and feels that it is the best thing he’s ever done.
Rob’s wife, Lynne, also had a corporate career prior to joining Tutor Doctor with Rob; she joined Tesco’s graduate management scheme straight from University within HR and held a number of increasingly senior roles within Retail Operations, ultimately being the HR lead for Tesco Extra in the UK. Lynne left Tesco in order to start a family and then cared for their two boys who are now at Primary School.
So why did this highly successful couple decide to join Tutor Doctor? Rob explains; “At Tutor Doctor what we do is help children to be as good as they can be. Why would anyone not want to do this?
"Also it was a franchise opportunity that was very much aligned to our own agenda and skill set. It also tied in perfectly to the local market in Cambridge where education is valued by the families and qualified tutors are in high demand. We’ve always worked very hard at everything we do and with Tutor Doctor we found a way to channel our energies and skills into something we really believed in.”
The couple feel 100% positive and proud of what they do now, Rob adds that; “It is probably for the first time in my career I have felt this way. Not to sound too ‘twee’, but we make a difference every day. Whilst we’re working incredibly hard, we brutally challenge ourselves to ensure that what we do is adding value to our customers and the success of our business.
"This focus also reflects that we are no longer wasting our time and motivation in corporate bureaucracy and politics or being stuck in soulless hotels a long way from home. It really is the best thing we’ve ever done”