Robin Osterley

Robin Osterley is Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, the UK’s only trade organisation representing the interests of charity shops and their parent charities.
Robin Osterley
He has extensive experience in membership associations, having previously spent 16 years as Chief Executive of Making Music, the UK’s leading association for amateur musical organisations, as well as a short time as Chief Executive of sports umbrella Supporters Direct.

Alongside this management experience Robin has a longstanding background in lobbying and advocacy work, and he has been a representative on numerous Government and industry forums including the Music Business Forum and the board of ACEVO.

He was also, with others, responsible for setting up the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries, CCSkills.  

Robin’s 20 years in the third sector were preceded by a number of years in senior marketing positions in the computer industry, from which he escaped in 1993 to move into the arts.

He also maintains a healthy extra-curricular interest in music, and thus has a slightly unusual combination of third sector management experience, commercial marketing acumen, and the ability to conduct a choir! He is married with two sons, two grown-up daughters, two grandchildren, and an annoying cat. He lives in a cute village just outside Ware in Hertfordshire.

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