After studying engineering at Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) before becoming a founding member of UK tech charity AbilityNet. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in their field, AbilityNet specialise in advising individuals on adaptive and assistive technology, delivering workplace and DSA (Higher Education) assessments, and helping clients design attractive websites, software and apps that are easy to use by all.
Robin was very honoured to be awarded an MBE in the 2017 new year’s honours list for his services to digital inclusion – presented to him by HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
Robin also won the Special Award at the Tech4Good Awards 2016 in similar recognition of his services as a digital inclusion evangelist spanning two decades (previous winners include Professor Stephen Hawking).
Robin was also fortunate to come runner-up ‘UK Digital Leader Public Figure of the Year 2015’ (after the government’s own digital champion; Baroness Martha-Lane Fox) in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards– with AbilityNet winning first in its category of Digital Leading Charity.
Robin is also very active in advising government and organisations in the area of digital strategy. He serves on both the APPGAT (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology) and APPGD (All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability) as well as providing on-going input into the Government Digital Strategy and directly to the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport).