The large majority of Rob’s career has been spent within Higher Education, having moved from Aston University where he was the Director of Finance (including Risk and Procurement). Rob had led on a significant change programme to the way in which Aston delivers and manages its strategic financial planning, reporting and financial services across the institution. The team at Aston were proud to be finalists for the national Times Higher Education Management and Leadership Awards 2016 “Finance Team of the Year”. Prior to Aston, Rob held senior finance roles at the University of Birmingham which were focussed on financial sustainability and business planning, partnering services and research management. In addition, Rob has had spells working within Further Education and the NHS.
Rob is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In 2016, Rob completed an Executive MBA was also invited to join the prestigious international Betta Gamma Sigma society. Rob has been a Director of a number of spin-out companies in the past and Chaired the Leadership and Finance Committee of Aston University Engineering Academy (UTC).