A graduate of the university of Ulster in hotel and catering management, awarded the John Mc Gonigle memorial award for best final year student (1991); Robert also completed a post graduate cert in marketing management University of Ulster (1993) . Robert then worked as a market research graduate with IDB food promotion unit (now invest NI), produced market research reports for N. Ireland food companies wishing to export to other European markets.
With over 25 years management experience in the hotel industry, Robert spent the last 7 years running distressed hotel assets for some of the most prominent hotel companies in the UK and IOM, (Group operations manager), with his wealth of experience with start up businesses and trouble shooting.
He has been working on all aspects of the A&D Thornton Tea Merchants project since Jan 06. When he’s not blending tea, he loves to escape on his motorbike or yacht.