Rob has been Chief Executive of the NDTi since May 2008. Before that he spent six and a half years as the UK Government’s National Director for Learning Disabilities, providing national leadership on the delivery of the cross-Government Valuing People Now policy.
He was the creator and original manager of the Valuing People Support Team and the prime author of Valuing People. Whilst working for Government, Rob was also involved in the work of the Office of Disability Issues, including as Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel that oversaw the development of the Independent Living Strategy. He also was a contributor to many other elements of health and social care policy – seeking to promote their relevance to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised in society.
Prior to this, Rob worked in a variety of roles, including managing and planning both mental health and learning disability services in both local government and the NHS and managing a voluntary sector development programme. In 1995 he established the Community Care Development Centre at King’s College and prior to that worked as a consultant with various organisations – including the NDT in the early 1990’s.
Rob’s great concerns have always been in how to effect change in public services and society to benefit people and groups who are marginalised and excluded. This has resulted in a range of interests over his life and career, including action around employment, housing, racism and the health service.
He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Committee.
Rob was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List for his work described above.