Head of Defence Science and Technology Change, Ministry of Defence
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Rob took up his current post as Head of Defence Science and Technology Change in the Ministry of Defence, working with the Chief Scientific Adviser, in 2015. Prior to this he was Senior Adviser, New Commercial Models at the British Film Institute, Head of Efficiency Team at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and Chief Executive of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), which was created within the Department for Media, Culture and Sport as a delivery vehicle for the Government's policies on broadband. BDUK's goals include facilitating the delivery of universal broadband and stimulating private sector investment to deliver the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.
He was previously Director of the Office for Life Sciences in BIS. Before this he was Director Manufacturing, with national policy responsibility for the Manufacturing Advisory Service. As Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Transport he provided policy advice on road and rail infrastructure projects - including road pricing and crossrail. At QinetiQ Plc he led the EU contract research programme across civil aerospace, energy, and communications technology. At the MOD he was responsible for investment appraisal of the fixed wing and C4ISTAR equipment programmes.
During his Policy Fellowship, Rob explored a wide range of research areas which have a bearing on the work of BDUK, including technology (particularly photonics, electronics, radio), engineering, economics (customer willingness to pay, customer behaviour), security and resilience, business models (investment risks and returns), and comparison with other infrastructure areas.