Robert joined Creative & Cultural Skills having worked previously at Arts Council England as a Senior Officer. Prior to that he set up and ran the Education and Community Programme at the Theatre Royal Stratford East where he was the Associate Director. This followed a creative career focused on theatre for young people and communities, having been trained initially at Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.
Robert is currently a Trustee at the Mercury Theatre Colchester where he Chairs the Capital Sub-Committee. Previous non-executive roles include being Vice-Chair at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, and Chair of Company of Angels (now Boundless Theatre). He has been involved with various steering groups and presented at several creative and cultural events around the world. This has found Robert working as a consultant, giving talks, being a panel speaker, and leading workshops around the UK, across Europe, and as far afield as Australia and China.
Robert has also been Consortium Director for LINK-ED Education & Business Partnership, and was the Project Director for INSITE – a Cultural Tourism programme producing a number of innovative arts and cultural events around Essex where he now lives.