Robert has more than 40 years’ experience as a senior adviser at board and executive levels across a range of sectors including banking and the media, agriculture, food production and manufacturing, retail, hotels, liquor and gaming. His most recent non-executive director roles include the Rural Finance Corporation, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, the Global Foundation and Kinross Farms.
His experience includes consumer and public policy advocacy, branding and customer engagement, cultural change and employee engagement, risk and issues management, governance reform and reputation strategies for companies and organisations undergoing business transformation or reputation challenges. His executive career includes senior management roles at ANZ, National Australia Bank, Goodman Fielder, the Australian Wheat Board and Coles Supermarkets Limited.
In addition to his executive roles, Robert spent his early career as a Commonwealth public servant in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Economic Planning and Advisory Council. He was then appointed as the economics correspondent for The Australian in the Canberra press gallery, as a business writer in Sydney and as a foreign correspondent in London. Robert has an honours degree in economics from Monash University.