Ten years after emigrating to Canada from his birthplace in South England, and at just 21 years of age, Bob founded a community newspaper in Maple Ridge, BC. He performed duties in every aspect of the industry as publisher, photographer, and as manager of sales, production, and circulation. In 1984, he received the award for ‘best news photograph’ from the BC/Yukon Newspaper Association.

In 1986, Bob joined Trinity Western University as manager of the University Press, and in 1990 he started University Printers Ltd., a commercial printing company in Langley. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and in 2003 he received the "Business Person of the Year" Award.

In 1999, he successfully ran in the civic election for councillor in The Township of Langley and was re-elected for a further six terms.

Bob also operates Mainstage Productions, a stage, light, and sound production company. He has worked in various theatres throughout North America and has engineered live concerts for many gospel music performers over the years, including a tour of the USA with Dove and Grammy Award winner, Steven Curtis Chapman.

Between 2001 and 2016 Bob owned and operated various restaurants, including Bob's which is still operating in Aldergrove. After selling his restaurants, he decided that he would purchase a home in Princeton on Allison Flats. Sadly the home was heavily damaged in the flood of November 2021, but after a lot of work and effort and help from family, friends, neighbours and the community, his home has been restored.

In 2022 Bob made an unsuccessful run for the position of councillor for the Town of Princeton, a community he has grown to love and where he is now enjoying his retirement!

Past Community Service
Director, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee
Director, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
Director, Metro Vancouver Housing Committee
Director, Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Founder and Chair, Aldergrove Community Enhancement Committee (ACE)
Chair, FCM Standing Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Chair of the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Public Transportation
Chair, BC Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Chair, Mayor’s Standing Committee, Aldergrove Recreation Community Centre
Co-Chair, National Zero Waste Council Food Working Group
Co-Chair, FCM/CSC/PBC/PS Joint Committee on Community Corrections
Co-Chair, FCM Standing Committee on Community Safety and Crime Prevention
President, Aldergrove Festival Days Society
President, Langley Chamber of Commerce
President, Lower Mainland Local Government Association
Member, National Zero Waste Council Management Board
Member, Board of Variance
Member, FCM Standing Committee on Environmental Issues
Member, FCM Railway Proximity Task Force
Alternate Member, Fraser Valley Regional Library Board


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