Robert is a very experienced and well-respected fire professional, having served as Assistant Chief since 2010. He has held a number of high-profile positions and has vast experience in managing critical change, strategic planning, partnership working and performance management.
Robert helped lead the reform of Police and Fire Services in Scotland in 2013. This radical transformation project resulted in the creation of the UK's largest Fire and Rescue Service where Robert served as a Principal Officer until his retirement in 2017.
He has managed a number of significant projects including the design and build of Scotland's national training centre and headquarters; a £45M project, delivered ahead of schedule and significantly under budget.
Robert also serves as a Director of the Fire Service Section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), where he works with colleagues from the USA and Canada in a bid to improve public and firefighter safety.
Since his retirement he has been operating as a management consultant and has most recently been engaged in carrying out an Independent Review of Training within London Fire Brigade.
He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). Robert was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal for distinguished service in the 2015 Birthday Honours.