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Robert is a skilled negotiator with the practical and intellectual skills to work with disparate, even competing or conflicting, interests and stakeholders to achieve workable and efficient results. He focuses on negotiated outcomes that enhance performance, productive relationships and structures. Robert is a divergent thinker who grasps problems and solutions quickly and can work through practical solutions.
Robert works in strategy, public policy and governance across the government, security and intelligence, health and educational sectors. Robert is currently serving as the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and Chairman of Melbourne Health.
Robert’s policy initiatives and strategic decisions include:
Robert’s experiences have included identifying and quantifying problems in these areas and involving stakeholders to arrive at agreed, workable, value for money solutions.
President of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation
Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance
Ambassador for Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation facility
Ambassador for SecondBite, a not-for-profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by distributing fresh food to the disadvantaged and homeless
Ambassador for Field of Women, a charity raising awareness of breast cancer
Ambassador for the White Ribbon Day Foundation, an international day for the elimination of violence against women
Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Honorary President of the Melbourne Region of the Scout Association
Member of the Economic and Legal Council for the Gerson Lehrman Group
Fellow of Monash University (2010)
ex-officio member of Cancer Council Victoria
Robert was a Member of Parliament in Victoria for 14 years before joining Nous. He was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years, Shadow Minister for Health for three years and in government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health for three years. Prior to this Robert was a teacher and senior administrator at Scotch College in Melbourne.
Robert has written, edited and published seven books on educational practice, theory and literary criticism. Robert loves Melbourne, his Emma, his 3 children and is a passionate member of the Geelong Football Club.