Robin comes from Gillingham, in the south east of England. He studied French Language and European History at the University of East Anglia and lived and worked in the UK and France before moving to Japan in 2005, where he has been working ever since. 

After teaching in in public elementary and junior high schools as part as part of a British Council team-teaching project in Tokyo, Robin became the Academic Manager responsible for teacher-development at the British Council. Since April 2014 he has overseen the design, development and roll-out of the Leaders of English Education Project (LEEP), a 5-year national teacher training initiative commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

LEEP aims to help teachers deliver more communication-focused English lessons, in line with the demands of the national curriculum, and is now in its fifth and final year.