Rob graduated from Nottingham University in 1995 with a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science with a bias towards animal nutrition and then went on to Cambridge University to study veterinary science.
As a student he spent a lot of time working with vets in Canada who were heavily involved with both large commercial herds and top pedigree show cows. He graduated as a vet in 2000 and immediately joined Nantwich Veterinary Group farm practice. He became a partner in the practice in 2004.
His family back in Pembrokeshire milk 1900 pedigree Holsteins on two dairy units which his brothers, sister in laws and two nephews run. He has a keen interest in the breeding, management, fertility and nutrition aspect of dairy farming and has given many presentations and written articles on such topics.
Whilst at Cambridge he played in a number of varsity matches in both rugby union and rugby league, captaining various teams. He carried on playing rugby for Crewe and Nantwich RUFC until he was forty. He then took up golf and returned to rugby in a coaching capacity after wrapping too many clubs around too many trees! If his children are keen, he may blow the cobwebs off his back and revisit the game, coaching only!