In early 2002 during his time as Chairman of Sunderland AFC, Bob was asked by the Government to join the Board of Wembley, the body governing the build of the new Wembley Stadium. At the time the project had stalled and had no contractor or finance in place.
Bob was invited to join the Board because of his extensive experience in property development and building world class stadia in addition to his football background. Wembley is now regarded as one of the best sporting stadiums in the world.
Bob was also awarded the CBE for his extensive work in the North East community in 2002.