Campbell Robb

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Campbell Robb is the chief executive of the charity, Shelter.

He was the first director general of the Office of the Third Sector, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and has held roles with the Labour Party.


Robb was a researcher to David Blunkett from 1993 to 1994 and press officer to Chris Smith MP between 1996 and 1997.[1]

Robb joined the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in 1998 as head of campaigns, becoming director of public policy in 2001, and was then responsible for co-coordinating NCVO, he was also on secondment to the Treasury for one day a week as an adviser on the third sector review.[1][2][3]

In 2008 he was appointed as the first director general of the Office of the Third Sector, where he reported to third minister Ed Miliband and social exclusion minister Hilary Armstrong in the cabinet office.[2]

He has sat on a number of voluntary sector bodies, including the Compact Working Group and the Giving Campaign Executive and has been a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.[1]

In 2010 he left his role with the government to become chief executive of the charity Shelter. At the time it was reported that he had left his role because of the incoming Conservative government, however Robb claims the charity was something he wanted to work for due to being exposed to homelessness due to his upbringing in Glasgow in the 1980s.

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  • Chief executive, Shelter, January 2010. Approved by ACOBA "subject to the conditions that, for six months from his last day of service, he should not be personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer, and, for the same period, he should not play any part in the preparation of bids for Government funding or Government contracts for advice or other services".[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Campbell Robb appointed new Director of the Office of the Third Sector The Information Daily, 17 October 2006, accessed 2 December 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campbell Robb to head Office of the Third Sector Civil Society, 1 November 2006, accessed 2 December 2014
  3. Randeep Ramesh From Whitehall insider to charity chief executive The Guardian, 17 February 2010, accessed 2 December 2014
  4. Eleventh Report 2009-2010 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 2 December 2014