Rob Smith

Rob is the Committee Chairman and Company Director.

With over 20 years involvement in schools, sports and physical activity, he is an enthusiastic advocate for outdoor education provision. When asked about the reasons behind becoming Company Director of the Friends Rob explains “High Borrans is a golden opportunity for an experience of the highest quality and I want to protect that opportunity, especially at a time of financial uncertainty”. In line with our charity aims, Rob is passionate about ensuring access to new opportunities for people in all walks of life, especially the young.

Rob (left) with Patron Mark Wilson after daring to abseil off the tower at Segedunum Roman Fort

Rob (left) with Patron Mark Wilson after daring to abseil off the tower at Segedunum Roman Fort

Born in Cumbria and raised in Backworth, Rob now lives in North Shields with his family and assorted wildlife.

He began his career teaching in Primary schools, with particular responsibility for P.E. Outside of work he can often be found running around the tennis court, paddling a canoe or trying to perfect his peddling along the local lanes on his bike. Formerly Chairman of Northumberland Count Hockey Association, the Everton supporter still coaches hockey and is involved with Percy Main Cricket Club, and Collingwood LTC where his son is a junior member.

Rob’s current position as School Improvement Officer in North Tyneside sees him responsible for Foundation Curriculum and Partnerships, including P.E., music, history, dance, art and geography, to name but a few.

He is also a School Development Partner for two North Tyneside schools, as well as a governor at Carville and Priory Primary schools.

All of this experience puts him in an ideal position to become Director of the Friends. “I am looking forward to the challenge” he declares excitedly, “and hope that while many chances are being eroded, the Friends can strive to keep alive what should be an entitlement for our young people to visit and experience”.

Asked what he does to ‘relax’, a word quite unfamiliar to him, Rob admits that a bit of cooking and 80’s electronic music, not necessarily at the same time, do the trick.