Rob Lillystone

Professional Consultant

Rob has had a varied and interesting career over the last 35 years, incorporating the private and public sectors and working for large and small organisations. Starting his career as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, he then moved to the automotive industry and climbed the management ladder in the disciplines of business and corporate planning and consultancy services. Rob became accomplished at developing investment proposals for shareholder approval and was part of a team that started up and acquired four new businesses for the corporation to nurture. He also became a Director of a consultancy practice whose core service was to assist businesses manage change.

Always concerned with good practice processes and aligning people to business objectives, Rob was tempted into the Public Service to work on a major initiative to establish a National Standard for the development of people inside organisations. He helped research, design and pilot this new Government framework, Investors in People, used to assist companies get the best out of their human resources. Investors in People, is still operating 20 years later.

Rob has worked for the Queensland Government for 12 years as a Business Adviser to small and medium sized enterprises, and Deputy Manager of a Regional Office. Relevant achievements include:-

  • Liaising with three levels of government to secure funding for economic development projects
  • Grant identification and administration for clients
  • Internal process design and training of officers to assist clients with tendering for government business
  • Selection criteria design and recruitment panel membership for government vacancies
  • Successful applications for secondment and promotion interviews

In 2009 Rob worked during long service leave as a volunteer on a community project to better connect service providers within a region. Plugging an identified gap, Rob acted as coach to help individuals with resumes and improve their employability skills.

Rob has skills to focus in on the most meaningful and important aspects of a project, is mindful of deadlines and is very results orientated.