Rob founded the GDA in 2008. Rob is the GDA’s key advisor on Human Rights, UN Conventions and policy. Rob was awarded the MBE in 2017 for his commitment to rights and islanders with disabilities.
Rob sold his catering company in 1997 and moved to Guernsey. Rob is married and has two daughters; both are doctors working in the UK.
During his career, Rob, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, served as an advisor to the British Hospitality Association.
In 1996 Rob received a “Catey” – the catering industry’s equivalent to an Oscar. In the same year his company, which employed 2,000 people, featured in the Independent Business on Sunday’s list of the top 100 Independent Companies in the U.K.
Rob’s involvement with disability issues stems from 1991 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Whilst not a hereditary condition there can be a familial tendency: Rob’s grandfather had MS, as does his eldest daughter.
Rob is a former Chair of the local Branch of the MS Society and, during his term of Office, Rob founded the Guernsey Disability Alliance.
Rob has championed Guernsey’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and his research into disability issues and disability discrimination legislation helped inform the development of Guernsey’s first Disability and Inclusion Strategy.
Rob is a co-opted member of the GDA Executive and is also an advisor to Equality Guernsey.
In 2017, Rob was honoured in the New Year’s Honours List and was awarded MBE.