Rob has been with the Springfield Centre since 1997. An economist by training, Rob worked for the accountancy and audit firm KPMG, before setting up his own tourism business in Indonesia. He has worked with market development programmes in a range of countries and has written extensively on the subject, including DFID and SDC’s suite of M4P documents (the Operational Guide and Synthesis and Perspectives papers).

In recent years this has included the design, evaluation and support of major private sector development programmes, including business services, value chains, business environment reform and local economic development; acting as Strategic Adviser to several agencies seeking to incorporate the market systems development approach into their policies, programmes and practices; and research on business services in rural areas and the role of government in service markets. Rob has played a key role in designing new Springfield training programmes. Among his main areas of expertise are the policy and regulatory environment, monitoring and results measurement and sector development approaches.