Rob has enjoyed a long career in both the education and entertainment sector.
He has taught History and Art &Design to students ranging from early teens to undergraduates and has held positions of head of department, head of faculty, head of year and manager within alternative education.
For 15 years he created and managed local authority projects that succeeded in supporting and educating those that were sometimes the hardest to reach in society and that included those that had been bullied and abused, many with special needs including Asperger’s syndrome and autism, some disabled, those who displayed behaviour management issues, others with sexual identity problems and also young mums. However, perhaps his most profound experiences were with those young people with serious health issues and those who were terminally ill.
Rob has also been a lifelong musician and was playing professionally as a young teen now having performed at hundreds of venues including some tv. In the late 90s he set up Jester Productions Limited when he wrote plays and musicals for theatre companies in addition to the best-known tour operators: Tui, Airtours, Cosmos, Bourne Leisure, First Choice etc and he even completed some writing for the BBC. At Jester, he designed all the costumes and stage sets and in his role as an artist has fulfilled many commissions ranging from magazine work to church interiors.
His love of humour has its roots in performance and so it is no surprise that this has been carried over into ‘The Micklegate Series’ and ‘Be a Teacher!’ Neither is it hard to spot the parallels between his profound experiences working with needy young people and some of the characters who you come to love in the sixteenth century.
He lives with his wife, Jo, in Lancashire.
Rob is a member of The Society of Authors.