Carmarthenshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Education and Children’s Services
Robert has been a Chief Officer with the Authority since its inception at local government reorganisation in 1996 and has held a number of Director positions over this period. Prior to this he successfully led the largest and most successful local authority direct labour organisation in Wales under the then compulsory competitive tendering regime.
Robert is a chartered civil engineer by profession and is also a chartered environmentalist. His professional experience spans a broad range of public services, including highways, transportation, municipal engineering, waste management, planning, regeneration, housing and most recently education and children’s services. He began his career with a period working in the private sector for a large international construction contractor.
Since 2010 he has led the Council’s Department for Education and Children and has directed its services through a series of successful external inspections. Under his leadership Carmarthenshire County Council secured in 2012 a positive outcome to the inspection by Estyn of its local authority education services for children and young people, which were judged to be “Good”, both for current performance and for prospects for improvement. Since that time outcomes for learners have continued to improve. The Council’s children’s social services have been consistently acknowledged by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales to be amongst the best performing in Wales.
Robert has been the principal architect of the Council’s Modernising Education Programme which is delivering a major transformation of the schools system in the county. Over £180 million has already been invested in the rationalisation of schools and school places and the improvement of school buildings, with another £260 million planned for the coming years. Central to this programme has been the Dinefwr transformation project which has seen three new secondary schools established to take the place of five former schools, with approaching £70 million being invested in the creation of new school premises and the modernisation of existing facilities.
Robert has served as a peer inspector with Estyn and as a member of a Ministerial Recovery Board for education services.