Rob is Co-founder, CEO of Crowdicity. He was one of the three founding executives of Freeserve, the transformational Internet Services Provider backed by Dixons Stores Group, where, after a £250 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange and New York NASDAQ, he became one of the youngest executive officers of a FTSE 100 company at the age of 29. Rob exited Freeserve after seeing through the £1.6 billion trade sale to Wanadoo, (A division of France Telecom.) Rob now gives lectures and talks around the world and organises international events on the subject of innovation, business strategy, social media and digital marketing. He was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford for his contribution to the Internet in the UK and is a Fellow within its School of Computing, Informatics and Media, where he helps with the commercialisation of research and IP. Rob is also an executive and non-executive director and chairman of a number of other ventures and public sector boards including the Cabinet Office Crown Commercial Service. He is also an FRSA with a passion for driving the skills agenda and education.