Robert joined Social Finance in 2016 and leads our work on reforming public services. He partners with public, private and third sector organisations to develop and implement business cases that have social impact. Robert has a particular interest in whole place systems, commissioning, and the role of predictive analytics and digital to deliver better outcomes.
Prior to Social Finance, Robert was a senior civil servant at HM Treasury and worked across a number of policy areas under four Chancellors. He has held leadership positions at the United Nations in New York, Department of Communities and Local Government, Westminster City Council and the National Infrastructure Commission. In 2013, he founded the Public Service Transformation Network, a cross-Whitehall unit that partnered with local government, communities and the wider public sector to test and scale outcome based delivery models.
Robert is a Board member of the New Local Government Network, Director of the Public Service Transformation Academy – a social enterprise the delivers a commissioning leadership programme, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds an graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
2:55 pm - 3:30 pm
The State of Transformation – where are we at and where are we going?
Theatre: Workforce and Leadership
Transformation is a great sounding word – but it’s overused and often meaningless. For this panel, the PSTA has tried to get under the skin of what transformation really means to the true leaders of change, and how the ‘five worlds’ of transformation needs to balanced.
- Adopting processes to effectively learn, improve and reflect upon challenges and change
- Providing management and leadership that overcomes cultural barriers and collaborates across boundaries
- Understanding the tools we have available in the world of organisation, structure and service delivery
- Engaging in a live, engaged debate with the public and rethinking the relationship with citizens and communities