Rob Bonner’s distinguished and influential service within the VET and skills sector spans 32 years. During this time, Mr Bonner has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of VET practice and skills development through expert advice, the publication of research papers, Training Package reform and the design and implementation of innovative teaching and learning programs that address the specific needs of a diverse range of stakeholders.
Rob’s adult education journey began with his appointment as a casual lecturer with the School of Nursing at Flinders University in 1990. He has subsequently held many key leadership positions within the sector, including at the Australian Nursing Federation and Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation.
In his current senior leadership role, Mr Bonner is responsible for industrial, education and membership programs at the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (South Australia). This role included management of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre, a Registered Training Organisation.
Mr Bonner is highly respected for his leadership and intellectual capacity, innovation and passion for the sector. Known to translate complex ideas into practical and innovative ‘on-the-ground’ solutions, Mr Bonner contributes to the work of numerous boards and committees, presents and teaches internationally, participates in Australian VET-related trade delegations and manages significant research projects.
Rob’s leadership skills are grounded in his personal integrity, honesty and authenticity and it is these qualities and his ‘can do’ attitude that has enabled him to gain the universal respect of colleagues and to make such a significant contribution to VET and skills in Australia.