Robert Down – Non-Executive Director

Joined Board: 09 February 2015

Current term of office expires: 08 February 2021


  • BSc (Civil and Structural Engineering)
  • C.Eng. MICE
  • FCCA

Background and Experience

Robert has a background in the oil and gas industry, managing and leading the technical and financial activities of a large, complex multinational company and working in operations and project management.

Since 2015, Robert has been a Board member of Anchorwood Ltd, where he is currently Chairman.

Robert was previously Chairman of Anchorwood Ltd between 2015 and 2019 and is also a Director of UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Foundation.

He joined the Trust in February 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. His term of office was due to end in February 2019, but he was reappointed for a further two years.

Board Expertise and Contribution

Key Roles:

  • Charitable Fund Trustee
  • Emergency Planning, Response and Resilience Board Champion

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Charitable Funds Committee – Committee Chair
  • Finance Committee – Committee Chair
  • Remunerations and Terms of Service Committee – Member

Membership of other Trust key committees:

  • Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience Board – Joint Chair
  • Hotel Services Partnering Board – Committee Chair (alternates with Sodexo CEO)

Entry on Register of Interests

Directorships: Executive Director, North Devon Biosphere Foundation;      

Ownership of companies: None

Shareholdings in organisations: None

Position in charity or voluntary organisations: None

Contracting interests: None

Any other interests:

Self: Daughter, local GP

Self: Son-in-Law, Consultant Physician at North Devon District Hospital

Spouse: Daughter, local GP

Spouse: Son-in-Law, Consultant Physician at North Devon District Hospital

Last updated: May 16, 2019