Robert joined the RNRMC in September 2008 as Chief Executive Officer, a move which he says brought him back “home”, having previously served as a warfare officer in the Royal Navy in the 1980s. After a 20 year “interim” stint with Barclays, which took him all over the UK and Europe, he took the helm of the Charity at the beginning of the voyage of discovery that awaited.
His range of involvement in the charity sector includes being a Governor of the Royal Star and Garter Homes, Director of Cobseo – the Confederation of Service Charities and of Veterans Scotland. He is also a member of the Finance Committee of the Mary Rose Trust, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.
Upon hearing of his honour, awarded in recognition of his services to naval personnel, Robert said: “It was a huge surprise. I had to read the letter twice.
“I am delighted and honoured to accept the award of an OBE. So many people have enabled the success of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and I will wear it with pride as a reflection of our joint achievements.”