A short biography of Dr Robert Frew.
Born in rural Staffordshire, I am also known as ‘Robin’ from my school days.
I studied Physics at Queen Mary, University of London, and Management at Bradford University School of Management. I later qualified as a Fellow
of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), and more recently as Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Specialising in financial management consultancy, I advised many small-medium companies, in the UK, Southern Africa and Turkey, later becoming a management consultant at the BBC. During my management consultancy career, I worked in many diverse sectors: Aeronautics, Broadcasting, Oil Exploration, Gold Mining, and International Trade.
An interest and passion for the arts developed, and I decided to pursue academic study and research in the arts and cultural sectors.
I undertook further studies at City University, London, gaining both an MA degree in Arts Management, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Arts Policy and Management. In my published thesis I identified key contemporary arts/cultural issues, and strongly argued for a new model of arts funding in England, one that would require a substantial rationalisation of the Arts Council of England.
Interests include opera, ballet, music and contemporary art. I am also interested in foreign policy and world culture – especially the art, culture and languages of China, Japan and Korea.