Originally from Canada, Robin and her family and lived in the UK since 2005 and made Bristol their home in 2012. Robin worked in the higher education sector – both in Canada and in the UK – for over 20 years before retiring from the University of Bristol in 2018. As Chief Operating Officer, Robin led the University’s professional services, other than the finance function, embedding a culture of partnership working between academic and non-academic staff. She championed professional development, strategic planning and accountability as well as a progressive and inclusive approach to people management and leadership.
Robin has broad experience of governance in both the for-profit and charitable sectors. She currently serves on the Boards of London Marathon Events and Bristol’s Hannah More Primary School, having recently stepped down from the Board of Young Bristol. She is a regular volunteer at her local Oxfam bookshop as well as an enthusiastic long distance walker and runner.