Mr Rob Preston
Rob was educated at King’s School Worcester. Upon leaving, as an Army Scholar, he entered Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1986. Rob’s military career saw active service in Belfast and South Armagh between 1987 and 1989, in Arctic Norway in 1991 and then as an instructor at the School of Infantry, leaving in 1994. As a sportsman, Rob played rugby for the Combined Services against Scotland and Wales at U21 level and for the senior Army in the Tri-Services competition and played for Moseley in the top flight before the game turned professional.
Rob then spent 7 years in the Financial Sector broking Fixed Income Products. He founded a financial risk management business and concluded the first ever ‘weather derivative’ transaction in Europe. Following the 9/11 attacks, Rob joined the insurance broker Aon as a Terrorism Risk Consultant. He transferred to the risk-taking side of life as an underwriter for a Lloyd’s of London syndicate insuring international businesses against acts of terrorism and damage from War, Kidnap for Ransom. He pioneered insurance for global shipping fleets against Somali Piracy around the Horn of Africa. Rob’s insurance career ended in Switzerland where he rebuilt and led a Reinsurance business until 2015.
Before joining St Edmund’s in 2022, Rob was Director of 11 companies owned by a Private Healthcare business and, through his own business, provided leadership and team development consulting to various UK sectors.
He is a Trustee for Anglia Care Trust, a Director of Meet Cambridge and will be a member of the Military Education Committee from 1st Jan 2024.