Catlin Bermuda and its CEO, Graham Pewter to be honoured for charitable work
Many company executives have expensive artwork on their office walls — but Catlin Bermuda chief executive officer Graham Pewter’s choice is a bit unusual.
A large silk screen print of Peanuts cartoon character, Charlie Brown screaming sits on an easel in the corner of his office.
“If I admire any Peanuts character, it would be Snoopy as he has life figured out,” Mr Pewter told
The Royal Gazette.
The Royal Gazette does not know if Mr Pewter has life figured out, but he seems to have few qualities in common with Snoopy including generosity and a passion for music.
This month Caron Bermuda is honouring Mr Pewter and Catlin, for community spirit at the Third Annual Caron Bermuda Award of Excellence Dinner at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.
Caron Bermuda is a charity that provides off Island treatment to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and on-island continuing care.
“I was interested in addiction because of experiences that friends had had,” he said. “Caron does very good work. My wife, Suzie, was on the board of Fairhaven’s Treatment Centre for Women which was the forerunner to Caron Bermuda.
“Then Catlin underwrote the costs of several important programmes that Caron has rolled out in the schools.”
Catlin Bermuda is involved in a number of community endeavours.
It is the title sponsor for the annual End to End walk, but they are specifically being recognised for its role in funding Student Assistance Programme (SAP) at Pride Bermuda, and several schools around the Island. Catlin has also funded a Bermuda Football Association programme that works with boys from 12 to 18 years old called the National Academy.
“Within the academy there is not just the physical development of the students as athletes, but also drug awareness programmes that are carried out as well,” he said. “We want those kids to be well rounded responsible leaders.”
The football programme is particularly dear to Mr Pewter’s heart as he is a big football fan. He said he and his three sons ages 33 to 15 are “mostly” Arsenal fans.
“Youth services are a high priority for Catlin in terms of the non profits we support,” he said. “I think Caron is an amazing organisation. No one was more surprised than me when Gita Blakeney Saltus (Regional Vice President of Caron Bermuda), called to say that for 2013 Caron wanted to recognise me. I don’t really like being the centre of attention.”
At the Excellence dinner there is every possibility Mr Pewter might be asked to work for his supper.
His private passion is drumming and he plays in a band called Bones. They perform all over the Island, often for charitable fundraisers.
Last year Bones played for the 25th anniversary Catlin End to End walk after party in Dockyard.
“I started drumming in my teens,” said Mr Pewter, who grew up in London. “It was a typical story, high school band in the garage making noise.”
He said as a young man he was a bit of a long haired hippie playing the London music scene. He believed that had he been born a few years later he might have gone into music as a profession.
“I think it is an arbitrary capricious business,” he said. “When it was time to get real and earn some money, I got my hair cut and went to work in an insurance office. My wife often says it is just as well we went this way.
In his spare time, Mr Pewter is also heavily involved with the Centre on Philanthropy and is deputy chair and chairman of their development committee.
“It does important work at the heart of the non profit community,” he said. “Its mission is to provide training and education for its non profit members to advocate for the non profit sector to other stake holders to government and in the community and to promote volunteerism. That takes up a significant amount of time.”
Stephen Catlin founded the Catlin Group of companies 26 years ago.
Today, Catlin has 2,200 staff in 55 cities in 21 countries worldwide including 75 people in the Bermuda office. Mr Pewter has worked for the company since operations commenced in Bermuda at the end of 2002.
The Award of Excellence Dinner will be held at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in the Midocean Amphitheatre on May 30. Reception is at 7pm and the dinner is at 8pm.
For information about the dinner call 236-0823 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.