Rob Ormsby attended Kelly College in the early 1970s.
On leaving he joined the Dorset Police in 1975. He worked in various parts of this county until 1997, when he left to join the Regional Crime Squad. This organisation subsequently changed to the National Crime Squad (NCS), then the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and finally the National Crime Agency (NCA). Within all of these agencies he worked as a senior officer investigating serious and organised crime, nationally and globally. In 2015 he retired and now works as a private consultant for various insurers and private clients. He continues to support one niche area of the NCA as a special advisor in a pro bono capacity. In 2019 he was awarded an OBE for his services to law enforcement.
He also works in a voluntary capacity for a local charity the Brentor and Moor Compassionate Neighbours and lives locally.