- Engineering Management
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Rob joined the Rotary Club of Rydalmere in 1996, moving to Ryde in 2006.
He has served as International Director, Club Service Director, Secretary and President, and has led FAIM teams working on rural electrification in Vietnam. In 2002–03 he was chairman of the District Vocational Excellence Awards Committee.
In 2003–04 he was an Assistant District Governor, and has been Secretary General for the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) in 2007, 2008 & 2009.
He has served as Chairman of the District Administration Committee, and in 2005–06 was District International Service Adviser. Since 2007, he has facilitated the strategic planning work which has resulted in the production and implementation of the first strategic plan for D9680 Inc. He was District Trainer for 2009–10. For 2010–11 he is convenor of the District Strategic Planning Standing Committee, and Projects Director for his Club, overseeing the successful construction of a school for 800 children in Afghanistan.
After a 40-year career in the electric energy industry working in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, Rob remained actively engaged in the Engineering profession as Founding Chairman of the Sydney Chapter of the Institution of Engineers’ Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, and as a course leader for the University of Adelaide’s Education Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation, teaching in Sydney, Adelaide and Singapore.
Rob is married to Judy, a Pharmacist, and they have three children, Alex (39), Elizabeth (37) and David (32), and three grandchildren, Benjamin (8), Luke (4) and Samantha (born 23/1/11).
Why I joined Rotary: I joined because an old friend invited me. I stayed because I quickly discovered that my own desire and efforts to make a difference in the world could be hugely multiplied through the friendships developed as part of the worldwide Rotary network.