Robert joined the Rose in November 2011 having previously been Chief Executive of Pontio, a Performance Art and Innovation Centre in Bangor North Wales. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Designs of the Time, a ten year public engagement with design programme set up by the Design Council. Robert was also a founding director of Classic FM and had a long career in retail, concluding as Buying and Merchandising Director for House of Fraser. His passion in work is to create and develop sustainable performing arts businesses. He was asked to join the Rose to build on the work that had been done since it opened and to develop a long-term financially secure future.