Rob is an adrenaline junkie with the thirst for adventure running through his veins. Mountain mad, if he could spend every day skiing through untouched snowfields, he would and got close to his dream, albeit for a short lived time, when he worked alongside the Canadian ski patrol in the Western Coastal Mountains as they plotted to avoid serious avalanche disasters by manually triggering them before they happened. Thrill seeking has taken Rob to all corners and extremes of the planet, from canoeing the remotest rivers of the Yukon to rallying through the Sahara, trekking in the Arctic on a climate science recce and wake-boarding in the Northern Singapore Channel.
Regularly putting the endurance limits of his own body to the test to see how far he can push it before it snaps, Rob is happiest being hands on and is willing to try out pretty much anything – at least once anyway. He has raced marathons (very quickly), triathlons and the Ironman and is always on the lookout for his next challenge.
Rob left university with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with French and as well as his passion for adventure Rob is on a journey of rediscovery for his love of science and engineering having spent time working in the environmental sector. Constantly analysing his surroundings Rob is on a search to understand how things work and has a huge appreciation for every day engineering that most of us take for granted. From the smallest detail of the products, machines and structures that define an urban setting to the natural wonders of the planet’s wilderness, it is impossible for him to escape his own curiosity to understand and dissect the world around him.
Rob debuted on our screens in 2012 presenting the hit BBC2 series, Engineering Giants. Over three programmes three enormous machines, a jumbo jet, oil rig and cross channel ferry, were stripped down and torn apart to discover their hidden secrets and reveal their inner workings to find out how each one changed our world in its own unique way. He also provided expert engineering opinion on Quest’s World’s Top 5 Machines and has recently done work for various corporates including British Airways, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the British Engineering Excellence Awards.