Hull, Robert23 January 1947 (Sedgefield [United Kingdom])
Robert Hull was educated at the University of Leicester, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in History in 1968, and at the Manchester Business School, where he completed a Masters of Business Administration in 1973. He began his professional career at the UK Atomic Energy Authority in London, working there from 1969-1971. Following that, in 1973, he was employed at the Long Range Forecast Unit for Post Office Telecommunications, London before becoming Director of Industrial Development with the North of England Development Council, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1974. The following year he joined the European Commission working as Desk Officer for the Customs Union Service from 1975-1979, before becoming Desk Officer for South-East Asia in the Directorate General for External Relations, 1979-1982. He then returned to the UK Civil Service working as Principle in the Scottish Office, Edinburgh, as well as working as the Head of UK and EU Regional Policy Branch and EC Agricultural Policy Branch. He rejoined the Director General for External Relations, working as Desk Officer for Generalised System of Preferences from 1983-1986. During 1986-1990 he was Desk Officer for Gulf Countries, Euro-Arab Dialogue and International Energy Relations, and Assistant to the Director General for Financial Institutions and Company Law. From 1990-1994 he was the Commission representative on the Board of the European Foundation, member of the Environment Advisory Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He later became the Head of Division for Policy Coordination, responsible for the integration of environment into other policies, and the development of action programmes for the environment, in the Director General for the Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection during the 1994-1998 period. From 1998-2002 he was Director of Joint Services, for the European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions. Most recently, 2002-2006, he has been the Director of Consultative Work for the European Economic and Social Committee.