Robert has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisory roles, supporting organisations through complex change programmes, with a particular focus on cybersecurity.
Robert is an acknowledged expert in cybersecurity, crisis management, and strategic risk assessment; he is also an international authority on policy and regulatory issues between government and industry in the internet, communications and computing sectors. Robert has a unique profile of skills and experience, which has enabled him to become a trusted and valued strategic adviser to Ministers and senior leaders in the global public and private sector.
Robert’s early career was in the UK police service, where he served in a variety of operational, training and policy roles up to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. During this time, he trained as a hostage negotiator and kidnap and siege commander.
As the inaugural head of the UK National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre, a multi-agency organisation developing specialist covert and computer based investigative techniques and training programmes for UK law enforcement agencies, Robert led the development, from concept to full operational capability, of the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Training Centre. His final role in government was as Head of the UK National Technical Assistance Centre. Here Robert was directly accountable to four Ministers and led the major programme of work which successfully responded to an order of magnitude increase in demand for specific technical intelligence following the July 2005 terrorist attacks in London.
In 2007 Robert joined Microsoft as a Senior Fellow of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments: A small elite group established by Bill Gates to bring the fruits of Microsoft's world-leading advanced research and development activities to solve intractable problems for the global public sector. In 2014 Robert’s became Senior Director, Strategy & Partnerships in Microsoft’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Group advising C-level executives from global public & private sector organisations on strategic security, risk, and business change issues.
In 2017 Robert left Microsoft to pursue a portfolio career of Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisory roles.
Skilled at leading partnerships and high performing diverse teams, Robert is an accredited mediator, with significant high-potential mentoring experience. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Freeman of the City of London, and a Member of the Expert Advisory Panel at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, University of Oxford, UK.
Robert also advises the UK Ministry of Defence on cyber security matters and holds the rank of Major (V) in the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps of the British Army Royal Engineers, he is security cleared to UK DV level.
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