Rob has over 20 years’ of water and environmental science experience gained both from the Environment Agency and in consultancy. He has a broad range of experience of operational, planning and policy roles. He led the national team at the Environment Agency for water quality assessment and reporting, providing expert technical knowledge and guidance on water quality regulation for 250 operational staff. Rob was a policy advisor for water quality at the Environment Agency and worked as a member of external expert working groups for Defra on a range of water quality issues. As an environmental consultant he was a project manager to the European Commission providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.