Robert joined the NHS as an Administrative Trainee, commencing his first substantive post with Argyll and Clyde Health Board in May 1974.
Robert joined Greater Glasgow Health Board in 1985 as Unit Administrator for the Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General Hospital Unit.
In August 1988 he was appointed Director of Property and Strategic Planning at Greater Glasgow Health Board.
He became Unit General Manager for the Southern General Hospital Unit in April 1991 and became its first Chief Executive on achieving Trust status in 1993.
Robert was appointed Chief Executive for both the Southern General Hospital and Victoria Infirmary NHS Trusts in November 1997, which merged to become the South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999.
In April 2003, in addition to his
substantive post in South Glasgow
took on the role of Programme Director for the implementation of the Board's Acute Services Strategy.
Following the restructuring of NHS Greater Glasgow, in October 2005 Robert was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Acute Services Division.
This role was expanded to include the acute elements of Clyde in April 2006 when NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was formed.
Robert was appointed Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with effect from 1st April 2009.