Rob thrives in a team environment where people can achieve their personal and business goals, and has genuine interest in clients' success. This has kept him at KPMG since joining as a graduate. "I've always been passionate about our people and helping them reach their potential. I get a deep sense of satisfaction from seeing them succeed both personally and with clients".
In a long career, Rob has gathered experience and knowledge across a variety of opportunities – from running pubs as a manager in corporate recovery, working in the UK financial services sector as an audit partner and assisting with the IPOs of many Queensland-based public companies.
Rob was the firm's Queensland State Chair until 2017, which provided him an opportunity to promote the firm's brand and to lead his colleagues in building a client-centric culture.
Connecting with people has always been important to Rob – not just board directors and senior executives but also the younger leaders of the future. Having two children in their early twenties provides a great source of insight. “To lead effectively, you need to understand how people are motivated. Everyone is different so you can't just take a generic view.” However, Rob won't compromise on values. "Having the right values is critical when a difficult decision needs to be made and the answer is not obvious."
Rob was a keen sportsman in his youth playing competitive cricket, rugby, touch and tennis. He is now an enthusiastic supporter and plays the occasional game of tennis. Travel and music are also interests.
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), 1977, University of Queensland
Board member, Sunshine Coast Economic Advisory Board