Robert graduated with an M.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. Robert, who lives in London, is an active birder and conservationist, and has supported conservation projects in Colombia and other countries since 1991.
Robert has been involved in helping improve sustainability for ProAves Colombia by establishing EcoTurs Colombia, which promotes ecotourism to ProAves reserves and other destinations. All profits from EcoTurs are donated to ProAves. Robert is presently the Chairman of the ProAves Advisory Council and member of ProAves Board of Directors.