The Deputy Policy Spokesperson on Innovation and Commissioning supports the Policy Spokesperson in providing a lead on this policy area for the Society. They also help lead the relevant Policy Network.
Rob was formerly the Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council where he is responsible for Economic Development, Housing, Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Licensing and Land Charges, Community Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Events and Sports Development.
Previously, as Chief Officer for Health Partnerships at Leeds City Council and working with NHS, Rob was responsible for establishing the Health and Wellbeing Board and Integrated Commissioning Executive which set the overarching strategy and commissioning intentions for the city. He led the city's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the push to develop the Leeds pound. He is lead officer for the Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and advises other cabinet members with health portfolios.
A former pilot, sales manager, therapist, academic researcher and clinical director, Rob has held a number of leadership roles within the NHS and local government. These include regional and national development roles with the Home Office, National Treatment Agency, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Department of Health and LGA.
Rob was a founding member of the Leeds Innovation Health Hub which is responsible for building on the strength of the Leeds Eco-system to drive forward better outcomes of people and economic growth.