Rob is a well-known nationally in the marine, maritime and defence sectors. He has extensive industry experience and at one stage was the Operations Manager of one of the few non-union Ports (Panamax) in Australia. He has also served on the SYA Committee in the past and is currently a member of ACMG national committee.

Rob had twelve years in the Tasmanian government driving investment into the Tasmanian marine manufacturing and marine services sector, and more recently he returned to private industry with AIMEX members PFG/Aquatruck.

Rob is Chair of the Tasmania Maritime Network and immediate past President of Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN Tas).