Robert is CEO of THink Aesthetics, a Registered Training Organisation and leading Australian organisation in cosmetic tattoo training.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Leicester University, UK) and a Master of Science degree (University College London). He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In his technical career, he has specialised in the management of hazardous substances in the environment, including human health risk assessment, toxicology, and remediation. He has provided advice to major chemical, resource and manufacturing companies, and state and federal regulators.
Before establishing THink Aesthetics, Robert was the Australian Managing Director and Senior Vice President for global engineering and consulting firm URS, before its acquisition by AECOM. Robert was responsible for over 500 engineers and scientists. He has also led many overseas programs and projects and has worked in Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Robert has a rich history of technical work, primarily in contaminated land management, which requires skills including chemistry, toxicology, and regulator liaison. He worked in government for seven years in the WA Department of Mines and as a regulator for the Water Authority of WA. He has provided due diligence and expert witness services, including court appearances, and is the author and co-author of several technical papers and publications.
In his role at THink Aesthetics, Robert has focused his technical work on education and product research for cosmetic tattooing, with the objectives of raising standards and safety in the industry. Robert has been extensively involved in the development of training materials for the new Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.
Robert is also focused on the assessment of cosmetic tattoo pigment composition and health risk assessment. He is on a working group convened by Queensland Health on pigment regulation for the body art and cosmetic tattoo industries and in this capacity is also representing APAN. He was also recently appointed by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment to be the APAN representative on the Committee for Tattoo Inks, which is assessing pigment (ink) toxicology and safety.
Robert’s expertise in standards and regulations makes him an invaluable member of the Academic/Scientific division of NAC.