Robert Buckingham is the CEO of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Creative Director of MPavilion. He has a long association with Australian design and the arts. Robert co-founded the Fashion Design Council of Australia (FDC) in 1984, worked in programming for Craft Victoria and the W. R. Johnston Collection and was inaugural Creative Director of the Melbourne Fashion Festival (1996–2003). Robert has curated more than 200 fashion events and art/design exhibitions.
In 2006, Robert established Mr Buckingham, a consultancy specialising in business and project development through strategic creative planning, brand development and event direction.
Robert first collaborated with Naomi Milgrom at the Melbourne Fashion Festival to create its extensive cultural program. In 2013 they worked with RMIT University to bring a major exhibition showcasing the acclaimed Belgian fashion designer and educator, Walter Van Beirendonck to RMIT Design Hub.