Rob has more than 40 years experience as a senior arts manager and consultant delivering outcomes for artists, arts organisations and government.
Key Strengths Include:
- Strategic planning
- Development of quality arts programs
- Quality arts facility management
- Rigorous financial management
- Business planning
- Innovative cultural diversity initiatives
- Community engagement and public programming
- Connection to the regional arts environment
- National and regional touring
- Building networks and collaboration
- Development and refurbishment of cultural facilities
- Project management and producing skills
Rob is an Associate Member of Performing Arts Connections Australia - https://www.paca.org.au/ and the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres - https://vapac.org.au.
Freelance Consultant 2014 - current
Operates a consultancy business offering contract consultancy and project based services to the arts sector. Client services offered include strategic planning, program evaluation, feasibility analysis and project management. Clients have included arts organisations, educational institutions and local government.
Arts Centre Melbourne 2002 – 2013
One of Australia’s largest performing arts centres with a range of major venues used for a diverse range of performances, public programs, exhibitions and community activities.
Director of Programming (ACM 2011 – 2013)
Led the Programming Department with a particular focus on projects managed and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne. Activity included mainstage programming, participation programs including education, families and community and digital initiatives.
The New Hamer Hall Opening Concert
Program Manager - Contemporary Cultures (ACM 2006 – 2011)
Program development and implementation for cultural diversity, community engagement and community celebration. Developed two key programs, Mix It Up and the Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series (KMATS). Mix It Up was an innovative collaborative program celebrating Victoria’s cultural diversity through mainstage performance and community engagement programs. KMATS was a ground breaking Asian performing arts program that built engagement with leading artists from Asia and drove audience development for Asian performing arts.
Eastern Beat Project – Saturday Sessions Mix It Up
Manager Public Programs (ACM 2004 -2006)
Led the newly established Public Programs portfolio including Education, Families, Creative Development and access programs. The Public Programs portfolio delivered most of the public purpose programming funded by the Victorian Government.
The Beach At The Arts Centre
Business Development Manager (ACM 2002 – 2004)
Drove the planning and execution of strategies to achieve high levels of venue utilisation through the enhancement of relationships with major and commercial presenters and programming of a range of performing arts product.
The Capital, Bendigo 1996 – 2002
One of Victoria’s major regional Performing Arts Centres housed in heritage venues. Accountability for artistic programming, staff management and public advocacy as well as overall venue management. Venue usage included a high level of entrepreneurial programming, commercial hirers and extensive community usage.
The Capital View Street frontage
Arts on Tour NSW 1995 – 1996
The NSW state touring organisation providing touring services to regional and metropolitan performing arts centres and to volunteer community presenters. Responsible for the management and operation of Arts On Tour, including development of the annual touring program, securing Government funding and management of the day to day operations of the small team of permanent and contract staff.
Regional Arts Victoria 1990 – 1995
A membership based organisation servicing volunteer Arts Councils and professional performing arts centres across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Responsible for the management and co-ordination of the touring program of the Touring Unit delivering a range of performing arts including drama, dance, comedy, opera and music to presenters in regional Victoria.