Born and raised in London, with his parents arriving from Jamaica in the late 1950s, he was the youngest of five children in a working-class family. With early guidance and mentoring from his primary school headteacher who saw his potential, Robert earned a full scholarship to a top private school in London. This led to several education opportunities, including later winning a place at Cambridge University where he graduated in Chemistry.
While Robert was keen to pursue a science career, a lack of industry opportunities in the early ‘90s meant he switched to pursue accountancy. Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked as an external auditor with Deloitte in London, where he also met his future wife. After a series of audit positions with several large financial institutions including a stint in New York, Robert joined Standard Chartered in 2011 in London, leading Compliance and Financial Crime Audit. More recently, Robert took the opportunity to take on responsibility for Europe & Americas audit and he moved to New York in January 2019.