Robert is a chartered surveyor who has worked in the commercial property world in the UK and abroad for more than 40 years. While chairman of DTZ UK for 10 years, he was responsible for a staff of around 2,000 people in 16 offices. He involved the company in Prince Charles' charity Business in the Community and godfathered the charitable giving programme.

He was also global president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2010/11, a member of the Bank of England Property Advisory Group from 2007 to 2011, and Surveyor to the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers from 1997 to 2016.

Robert is currently chairman of two publicly-quoted companies, and a non-executive director of several private property companies including Bath & West Enterprises Ltd, a subsidiary of the charity The Royal Bath & West Society.