Robert was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, in 1961. He subsequently attended Stamford Grammar School and Edinburgh University. He started his investment career in the City with Kitcat & Aitken before moving to Yorkshire where he was a partner of the well respected Harrogate stockbroking firm of Cawood Smithie &Co. It was here he met Duncan Williams and John Newsome. After Cawood Smithie & Co’s sale to Brown Shipley, Robert became an investment director for the latter in Leeds before joining Williams Investment Management as a partner in 2005.
Robert was a keen golfer and real tennis player but above all he was a dedicated family man and leaves a widow, Charlotte, daughter Camilla and sons James and Henry. All at Williams Investment Management will remember Robert’s genial charm, wit and affable nature; he will be sorely missed.