Speakers Profile - Rob Gell, B. Sc (Hons) FEIANZ, FRGS

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Rob is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University, then for thirty-one years presented television weather.

In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant and is a Director of the mobile media business bhive Group Pty Ltd incorporating bhive environmental, and water tank supply company GreenCo Water Pty Ltd. He is also a published author and a photographer.

bhive Group Pty Ltd consolidates Rob's business activities with a focus on communications and marketing, business strategy and sustainable development project design and responds to the need for business to be informed about new issues and actively develop new development plans and programs to ensure an understanding of changing markets, the emerging green economy and the need for a positive and accountable contribution on behalf of shareholders and stakeholders alike.

Rob is a member of the Victorian Coastal Council and Adjunct Associate Professor, Collaborative Research Network, Federation University. Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He was Environment Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Rob has been a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation through the 1990s. He was a director of Greening Australia for thirteen years, seven years as Victorian President and three years as national President concluding in 2011 and Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere (UNESCO) Reserve Foundation Ltd for ten years until 2014 and President of Wildlife Victoria.

He is also the Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Wildlife Victoria, and Life Education Victoria. He is a Life Ambassador for Australia Day.

On Australia Day 2014 Rob was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to conservation, to the protection of coastal and marine environments, and to the community.