Bob commenced public service with the Queensland Police in 1968, serving as Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service for 12 years from 2000 until his retirement in October 2012.
In a 44-year career with the Queensland Police Service, Bob served throughout Queensland from Goondiwindi to Cairns. Bob oversaw reforms after the Fitzgerald inquiry from 1990, as well as the recommendations of the Public Sector Management Commission review of the Queensland Police Service in 1993.
Following his retirement from the Queensland Police Service, Bob was appointed as one of six Commissioners of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Bob served as one of the six Royal Commissioners during the five year inquiry from 2013 to 2017.
In 2018, Bob was appointed as the Chair, Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce.
In 2019, Bob was appointed as Co-Chair of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council.
Bob’s lifelong dedication to public service was recognised through a Queensland Great Award in 2019.