Robert joined Sanlam in 2002 as Head of Investment Operations for Sanlam Investment Management. He then became CEO of Sanlam Employee Benefits, followed by CEO of the Sanlam Investment Cluster in 2005. In 2012 Robert became Chairman of the Sanlam UK board, where he served until 2016. Previously, Robert spent five years in the fruit industry as a financial manager. He later joined Gensec Asset Management, where he was responsible for management information, IT, procedures and controls in the investment process. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.