Robert has had a varied career, having worked as a physics teacher, technical director and researcher in industry. He has a PhD in physics education. His technical work led to several patents for innovations in illuminated street furniture. He has since built up a consulting practice providing research and authoring services to the complex engineering and construction industries; working for the likes of BP, Worley, Jacobs, KBR and also Times of India. Robert is currently leading the skills and training workstream for BRE on the Construction Innovation Hub, a UK Research and Innovation programme whose mission is to be a catalyst for transforming the UK construction sector.