Bob lives in Tolworth. He was born in Zomba, Malawi; he is married and has two grown-up children, and three more who joined his family as adults, and four grand-daughters.

He has had a long and distinguished international career working in a number of senior roles. Since retiring in 2008, Bob has worked for several charities and has published a number of books in history and memoir.  He was a founding Community Governor of Your Healthcare, he is a member of the Surbiton History Society, of Heart for Romania, and is also Vice Chair of the committee of the Friends of Kingston Museum.