He has been engaged with aspects of welfare to work at DWP since the introduction of the New Deal for Unemployed People in 1998: initially in leading the team responsible for letting the Private Sector-led New Deals, managing these contracts, and later doing the same for Pathways to Work and the Flexible New Deal.
As a respected member of DWP’s senior management team, he has developed links with the majority of key suppliers of welfare to work services. He has also played a role in exploring comparative approaches overseas, looking at commissioning practice in New York City and responses to worklessness in Holland and Germany.
Rob has wider commercial experience, leading the management of the DWP’s Estates, Fleet, Print and Logistics services and the Medical Services contract. Until his departure from DWP he was a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
His particular expertise is in the commissioning of government services and relationship management in the delivery of these.