Robert founded London Communications Agency together with Jonny Popper and leads on a number of clients such as Brentford FC, Brockton, Kings Cross, LCR, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Londonewcastle, Museum of London and Tideway.
From 1999 to 2010 Robert was Chairman and Managing Director of LCA. In August 2010 Jonny took over as MD. Robert remains as executive Chairman focusing on clients, new business, promoting the company and commentating regularly on London issues.
Robert has an all-round corporate communications background which began in commercial marketing in the 1980s and broadened out into public affairs, media relations and issues management in the 1990s. He now has over 27 years’ experience working on the London agenda.
Prior to setting up the company, he was Deputy Chief Executive of London First, the business campaign group, and London First Centre, the inward investment agency. In that time Robert oversaw the launch of London First Centre, created The London Brand for Inward Investment, was Director of the London Tube Campaign and consultant to the English National Stadium Trust which delivered Wembley as the new national stadium. Policy work included A Governor for London (1996), Making a Commitment to the Capital 1997-2002 and The Job Description for the Mayor (1999).
Before London First, he was Head of Public Affairs for London Arts Board, opened an art gallery in New York and spent six years in various sales and marketing posts with Matthew Clark & Sons plc. Robert graduated in law from Southampton University and was educated at St. Johns School, Leatherhead, where he was a Governor from 1996-2011. In 2005 he served on the Private Sector Challenge Panel reviewing the Metropolitan Police’s budget. For three years (1999-2002) he presented a weekly radio show on LBC called The Business, aimed at London’s SMEs. For the 2015 General Election and the 2016 GLA Elections he was ITV London and LBC’s political analyst.
He is a Chair of the Mayor’s Thames Festival and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
His other main interests are cricket and theatre (The Questors Theatre).
Apart from his family and all things London, Robert's passions are theatre (both acting and watching) and cricket (both playing and watching). As the years have rolled by the cricket playing has reduced as his waist line, cricket watching and acting have increased. Off work, most often seen in Wiltshire or in the Harris Tent at Lord's.