With over 8 years of board level experience across multiple organisations, partnerships, and sectors, Rob has a strong track record for shaping strategy and culture.
A Non-Executive Director at the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives and senior managers, his recent Local Authority responsibilities as Director of Community Services included Economic Development, Culture, Heritage, Housing, Planning, Tourism and Events. Rob was the lead Director responsible for turning around the £18M publically funded Margate Dreamland project, and directed the £1.9M renovation of the iconic Sunshine café and Menagerie cages, creating a RTPI exemplar of regeneration. Working in partnership with local and national institutions, he was the local authority lead for establishing the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone, successfully securing the Turner Prize 2019, the £1.5M Great Places scheme and delivering the Children’s Commissioner exemplar Arts Inspiring Change programme with 80 school children. He also led the Council’s £28M House building and improvement programme and developed the district’s economic growth strategy.
Previously Rob was a Chief Officer in Leeds. Working directly to 9 NHS and Local Government CEOs and Vice Chancellors Rob was responsible for conceptualising and establishing the partnership boards for the city with a collective annual budget of over £2Bn. Working with the city’s universities he cofounded the Leeds Academic Health Partnership which has secured £100Ms in investment.
A former sales manager, therapist, academic researcher and clinical director, Rob has held a number of leadership roles for the Home Office, National Treatment Agency, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Department of Health and Local Government Association.