Senior Advisor, CITES
Robert's career spans 38 years in environmental protection, focusing on wildlife and the countryside. Since his retirment in 2014 Rob has acted as a Senior Advisor to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Prior to his retirement Rob worked for 25 years as a British civil servant specializing in environmental issues. Rob held the position of Head of Global Wildlife Policy and Executive Division (now DEFRA) between 1994 – 2000.
In 1995 Rob conceived and co-chaired the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) in partnership with the UK police authorities and NGOs which is now the established model for bipartisan support for effective joint action to enforce wildlife laws throughout the UK.
In 2000 Rob joined the UN as Deputy Director, DEC, initially based in Nairobi. During this time he created a major new partnership at UNEP on great ape and tropical forest conservation and supported environmental treaties on waste, conservation, emissions and climate change. In 2004 he returned to the UK as Head of Global Wildlife Policy and Executive Division (now DEFRA).
During his career Rob has been elected Chair of CiTES (1997–2000); Chair of the equivalent body in Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) (1991–1994) and Chair of CMS Conferences of Parties three times during the 1990s.