Prior to Social Finance, Robert was a senior civil servant at HM Treasury. He worked under four Chancellors on financial regulation, public spending, environment and energy taxation, international development and the financial crisis. Robert has also held leadership positions at the United Nations in New York, Department of Communities and Local Government, Westminster City Council and the National Infrastructure Commission. In 2013, he founded the Public Service Transformation Network – a cross-Whitehall unit that partnered with local government, communities and the wider public sector to prototype better services for less. According to the National Audit Office those delivery models could generated cashable savings and public value benefits of over £1bn this parliament.
Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Director of a social enterprise that delivers the Cabinet Office’s Commissioning Academy. He holds an MA from the University of California, Berkeley.