Chairman – Cumbria and Lancashire regional representative
Sporting tenant of a small moor, Robert also represents Lonsdale and Lowther Estates on their moors in Cumbria and helps manage a large upland Scottish estate in Peebleshire/ Selkirkshire.
He has considerable experience of sporting interests on commons and a variety of agri-environment schemes. A sporting agent, often hosting grouse let days, Robert is also present on most shoot days at Wemmergill.
With 40 years of sporting and moorland management experience, Robert has a strong understanding of key issues and Government agendas. These cover peatland restoration, climate change, burning, water quality, access, predator control, the huge benefits to biodiversity and socio-economics and the need for sustainable moorland management.
He is a board member of the Heather Trust, represents landowners on Cumbrian Commoners Federation and chairs the North Lakes Red Deer and Penrith Red Squirrel Groups.
A founder MA committee member and the Cumbrian regional representative since 1986, Robert became chairman of the Moorland Association in November 2012.
He says: “I am passionate about moorland management as a sustainable model for the future of our uplands – with driven grouse shooting as the lynchpin.”