Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). He worked in professional accounting firms and the non-bank finance sector, before becoming General Manager of the Bendigo Student Association at La Trobe University in 2001. He participated in the inaugural Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue in 2006 and served as the Australian representative on the 2014 EPLD conference speakers' committee. In 2009, Robert undertook a study of Leadership Development Programs for university students in the USA, looking at purposes, structures and fit within their university environments. During 2011, Robert was appointed Senior Manager, Regional Operations with La Trobe University, and subsequently to Head of Campus, Bendigo. Robert is a Fellow of CPA Australia, member of International Leadership Association, College Student Educators International and Bendigo Education Council. In 2015 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and presented a paper at the International Town and Gown Association Annual Conference in Washington DC.He is currently an independent director of Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc.