A former fighter pilot turned construction company boss has addressed North East students on his transition from the cockpit to the boardroom.
Dan Robinson, chairman and chief executive of the Hartlepool-based Gus Robinson Developments, was invited by Durham University Business School to speak to Masters students about how his high-flying career in the RAF helped shape him to take over the family business after his father’s sudden death.
The 37-year-old spent 13 years in the Royal Air Force and US Air Force before undertaking an MBA at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He took over the reigns at Gus Robinson Developments following the suicide of his father, who battled with manic depression, in 2011.
He told students: “I took over a business which needed overhauling from top to bottom. We had an excellent reputation for quality work and great people and that has never changed. But the structure of the company and its strategy needed thoroughly changing and that has what has been happening for the past two years. Now we are in as healthy a position as we have ever been in.”