LVO FAICD – Director & Chairman
In September 2015 Bob was one of the founding members of ServeGate Pty Ltd following his resignation as Chairman & Director of SME Gateway Pty Ltd and its associated Companies. He accepted the position of Director & Chairman of Directors in the new Company.
Previously he served as an Independent Director and Chairman of Directors of SME Gateway Pty Ltd at the Directors request following a period of honorary consultancy.
Earlier on in 2001 Bob joined a subsidiary Government Relations and Public Relations associate of Weber Shandwick and, as a joint owner, established National Capital Communications Pty Ltd in the ACT. These firms acted for a number of substantial international clients in the Defence Acquisition and Financial sectors and also undertook a variety of national Government projects. This followed from a second career in the securities, investment, finance and stockbroking world.
From 1984 to 1996, as initially General Manager and later as State Director he represented the leading Australian investment and securities trading Firm, Potter Partners (and its Potter Warburg successors) and headed its business operations in the National Capital. Following a corporate takeover and closure of the ACT business he undertook a short-term assignment J. B. Were & Son as a Senior Advisor between 1998-9 before leaving to pursue private business interests.
Prior to 1984 he had a distinguished 31 year career with the Royal Australian Navy. Bob held a wide variety of senior positions in Australia and overseas that included, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Naval Technical Services, Director Technical Policy and Plans, Naval Technical Representative and Deputy Australian Naval Representative in the United Kingdom. His earlier career included responsibility for project management and oversight of major acquisitions, ship construction and modernisation projects that followed from his engineering qualifications.
During his Navy years Bob led a number of Australian investigative or representative missions to overseas countries including the UK, USA, Canada, India and the Solomon Islands and was involved in international collaborative and aid projects. He has well established contacts at senior levels within the Federal Government bureaucracy, as well as with elected members and the diplomatic community.
He is a former National Councillor and Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also active in a diverse range of community affairs.
|ServeGate||Founding Director & Chairman||2015-present|
|SME Gateway||Independent Director & Chairman||2005-2015|
|National Capital Communications||Managing Director||2003-2015|
|J. B. Were & Son||Senior Adviser||1985-1988|
|Potter Warburg Securities Trading & Stockbroking||State Director ACT||1984-1996|
|Royal Australian Navy||Finished in Navy as Director of Fleet Maintenance
Positions included Chief of Staff to the Chief of Naval Technical Services.