Robinson joined Newcastle University in 2019. As pro-vice chancellor, she leads the university’s engagement & place strategy, focusing on building partnerships to enhance its social, economic and cultural contributions. Previously, Robinson was Durham University’s chief operating officer with strategic oversight of operations and external engagement. Before taking up her position at Durham, she was chief executive of Gateshead Council. She also played a leading role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority and the commission on health and social care integration. Robinson holds an MBA and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English Literature. She is also a fellow of the RSA; chair of culture, creativity and education – an international charity which supports creative learning, co-chair of the North East cultural partnership and holds non-executive positions with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Centre for Life and the Tyne Community Learning Trust.