Robert was born in 1956 and was educated at Colston’s School in Bristol.
He is divorced and has two teenage children.
He is a former managing director of a family Building and Plant hire Group.
Robert was first elected in 1997 and was knighted for public and political services in October 2017.
He served as a Conservative Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) between July 2016 and June 2017.
He served as a Chairman of a High Speed Rail (London to Birmingham) Select Committee from 2014 to 2016.
He served as an Assistant Whip in a Coalition Government from July 2012 to 2013.
He served as Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Committee from 2010 to 2012.
Robert in his career has served on a number of other Select Committees including Health, Transport, Procedure and Liaison.
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