Robert is a social entrepreneur, author and publisher. In 2014 he founded Swarm Apprenticeships, a social enterprise that supports young people to become more entrepreneurial. In 2015 he helped bring about the asset transfer of a redundant High School campus to create the Charles Burrell Centre, a community benefit society. In 2017 he initiated a community shop project at Little Plumstead in Norfolk and in 2018 co-founded Norwich Mustard, a community benefit society formed in response to the closure by Unilever of Colman’s mustard.

He is a Vice Patron of Norfolk Community Foundation, a Trustee of Healthwatch Norfolk ,a Fellow of the RSA and a Quaker.