Rob is Director of Strategic Projects at Centre for London. He leads our London Futures work. He rejoined the Centre in 2020, after initially helping to establish the organisation in 2011 and leading on our inaugural research programme.
Prior to his initial role at Centre for London, he worked on strategy and business planning for the London Development Agency, working closely with the Greater London Authority to deliver and implement an economic development strategy for London, including the Olympic programme, and as a policy lead on the East London ‘City Strategy’ programme, creating new services to tackle worklessness. He was also a member of the steering board for GLA Economics.
In 2012, Rob joined the United Nations agency International Trade Centre, in Geneva, as Chief of Strategy, where he led on planning, evaluation, governance and fundraising, and successfully shepherded the agency through external reviews and multiple planning cycles. He helped revive the UN Strategic Planning Network and was its Co-Chair in 2015, as the UN agreed the Sustainable Development Goals.
He returned to the UK as Head of Strategy at Future Cities Catapult, part of a network of UK government-backed innovation agencies. He managed relations with core funder Innovate UK (now UK Research and Innovation) and penned a new strategy to help evolve the organisation from start-up to a mature linchpin of the urban innovation ecosystem. As the organisations transformed into the Connected Places Catapult, merging with the Transport Systems Catapult, he was Director of Knowledge, leading multiple diverse teams including communications, knowledge management and design, and research into areas such as micromobility and deep retrofit.
Rob was born in Paddington, and grew up in Camden. He has lived across the capital, as well as further afield, including Lyon, Newcastle, Lima and Madrid. Rob speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese.