Managing Director, Board & CEO Advisory Practice

Robert believes YSC’s distinctiveness lies in the depth of the company’s work, grounded in the behavioural sciences, underpinned by trusting relationships.

Robert understands the judgments faced by businesses about leadership are often more complex and ambiguous than even the most taxing financial matters. He – along with his colleagues – bring rigour, insights, and, frankly, sanity to critical decisions – combining insight with real developmental impact.

Robert’s interest in executive coaching led him to initiate YSC’s practice in this area and work as a personal coach to two professional football teams. He also frequently partners with boards and leadership teams to ensure CEO succession. Robert regularly provides advice to YSC Consulting’s accounts in the following subject areas, among many others:

  • The capabilities of possible contenders (internal and external) for group CEO role.
  • Development pathways and plans for possible successors, working with a current CEO and Chair.
  • The implications for CEO qualities of strategic shifts in a business.
  • How the board can best assess CEO qualities to inform an appointment.
  • The implications of the qualities of a senior leadership team for driving transformational change.

Robert graduated in psychology from the University of Oxford in 1981. He joined YSC Consulting in 1994 after early work with Arthur Andersen and lecturing in psychology at London University. He’s married with four children, and believes, perhaps naively, this keeps him young. His interests include learning the saxophone, cooking and running.