Rob was born in East Ham, London in 1950. He graduated with Honours in Political Science, Sociology and Russian. He became a Music Publisher for Warner Bros Music UK Ltd in 1971 and in 1974 he was appointed Managing Director. In 1979, Rob became the Senior Vice President Worldwide for Warner Bros Music Corp and then in 1983 he was appointed Chairman of the major record company Warner Music Group UK.
In 1999 he set up his independent record and publishing company, Instant Karma Ltd. Rob was Chairman of the BPI from 1986 to 1988 and 1997 to 2002 and chaired the BRITs Committee from 1992 to 1995, as well as conceiving and chairing the Classic BRITs for its first five years.
As well as his dedication to the BRIT Trust, Rob was also a founding Trustee for Youth Music. He was appointed as Trustee for the Victoria & Albert Museum by the Prime Minister in 2000 and is also a board member for the museum’s commercial activities.
He chaired the National Museum of Childhood and is a Trustee of the Watts Gallery in Compton. He is currently Chairman of The Theatres Trust.