Robert (Bob) Barbour is the Director and Chief Executive of the Centre for Competitiveness with offices in Belfast UK and Dublin, Ireland. The Centre is an independent, not for profit, private sector, membership organisation actively supporting the development of an internationally competitive economy on the island of Ireland through Innovation, Productivity and Quality excellence in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The Centre’s aim is to provide thought leadership and support in competitiveness strategy and promote standards for success while giving practical support to member companies to succeed and stay ahead of the curve. Bob is also CEO to the Smart Grid Ireland Electrical energy cluster supporting the deployment of a highly decarbonized, decentralized and digitized electricity supply on the island of Ireland.

Bob Joined the Centre after 25 years living and working internationally. Prior to this Bob’s engineering and management experience covered executive positions working and living in the Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Middle East, Australia and the USA in both Electrical power generation and later as world-wide manufacturing management. In his role as Chief Executive, Bob developed strategic partnerships with the European Foundation for Quality Management, Brussels, The UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space organisation (ADS) and UK Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Transformation organisations. Bob is a Management & Business graduate with national qualifications in Mechanical Engineering. He is married with two grown up children.

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The Hon. Robert William Alexander "Bob" Barbour

Director and Chief Executive, Centre for Competitiveness

CEO, Smart Grid Ireland Electricity Cluster