Robin grew up in Scotland and graduated from Daniels Stewart's College for boys and four years later from the Faskally Forester College. He immigrated to Canada in 1965 and was initially employed by W. Plaunt Logging and then KVP Pulp and Paper as assistant to the development engineer with responsible for tree-length harvesting equipment design and evaluation. In 1967 he then joined Ontario Hydro in their forestry department and was responsible for herbicide and growth regulator evaluation and the development of helicopter application equipment.
After five years at Hydro Robin returned to Scotland and worked as the Scottish Director for Keep Britain Tidy.
Following a brief return to Scotland, an offer to work for BC Hydro on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Pesticide Use drew Robin back to Canada where he later became Environmental Advisor to BC Hydro. This was followed by a Master's Degree at Simon Fraser University and the development of Alberta Pesticide Management Policy that followed a similar inquiry in that province. Robin also served as the City Arborist for the City of Vancouver and later horticulturalist for the BC Pavilion Corporation. He was seconded to Expo 86, and at the end of the Fair he was again seconded as General Manager of the Arnold Palmer golf course at Whistler.
Once project work there was completed he was appointed Director, Fire Safety Security and Building Operations at the newly opened Trade and Convention Center in Vancouver. A few years later he became Regional Manager for the Southwest region of the Provincial Emergency Program. After five years with PEP Robin was then offered the opportunity to become the Emergency Planner for the Municipality of Delta and later, following a second Master's degree, Emergency Planner for the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Through his extensive network of security and emergency management connections, derived from his interest in teaching and mentoring, an opportunity arose to contribute to emergency management in the very specific sphere of health care. In 2006 Robin joined the Provincial Health Services Authority and since that time has been the Emergency Management and Business Continuity Lead and portfolio holder at the BC Cancer Agency where he was instrumental in developing an integrated emergency management program that received recognition for its comprehensive approach in the accreditation cycle.
In 2011, Robin transferred to the Mobile Medical Unit as the Manager, Deployment and Logistics where his vast expertise in emergency management, logistics, and even forestry are extremely valuable.