In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham.
He then joined Consett Iron Company as an office boy delivering mail and progressed to the wages department a year later before moving into the accounts department as a clerk. Bob now knew that he wanted his career to be in Accountancy and was very driven to succeed.
He continued his studies at Consett Technical College and his work at evening classes paid off. He attained O-levels in History, Maths, English, Accountancy, Economics and Law, an A-level in Accountancy and an ONC in Business Studies before progressing to study Accountancy at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) on day release in 1967.
Opportunities in the North East were limited and moving to further his career was inevitable. It was clear he would need to move away from his home-town of Consett to further his career dreams.
He applied for a number of positions in Yorkshire and finally made the move south in 1968. At the age of 22 he successfully applied for a job as Assistant Financial Accountant at the head office of chemicals company Albright and Wilson in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
He continued his day release and evening studies at Leeds Metropolitan University (then Polytechnic) where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1972, aged 26 years. He was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1979.