Robert is the Head of Cleantech at IP Group plc, a $2bn venture capital firm that backs scientific breakthroughs with permanent capital from the public markets. Over the last decade IP Group has been the most active venture investor in climate technology startups in the UK, with over 40 investments to date and notable successes including Ceres Power, First Light Fusion and Oxbotica. Outside cleantech, Robert also led IP Group’s investment in Hinge Health, a $6bn pioneer in digital treatment for back and joint pain. Prior to IP Group, he was Head of R&D at The Carbon Trust, where he led their Research Accelerator and R&D funding programmes. He started his career as a scientist working in hydrogen and fuel cells before joining McKinsey to consult in the energy and materials sectors. He has a First Class degree and PhD in materials science from the University of Cambridge.
In addition to his work at IP Group, Robert serves as a Commissioner for the Energy Transitions Commission, a group of leaders from industry, finance and public life who are working to accelerate the transition to zero-carbon energy, industry and transport. Robert is the venture capitalist in the group and brings knowledge of new technology development to the Commissions’ work. Robert was also a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce and advises the UK government and other stakeholders on the development of a thriving green finance industry in the UK.