Director Workplace Conduct Branch, Queensland FES
About Rob Boniwell
Rob began his Fire and Emergency Services career as a firefighter within Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (UK) in 1994. He served in a number of positions before being promoted to Station Officer within Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2001, having designed and implemented a risk management framework and then serving as Station Manager at Windsor and Whitley Wood Fire and Rescue stations. In 2005 Rob emigrated to Australia and was appointed as Station Officer within Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. In 2010, Rob commenced his first senior leadership role as Inspector - Area Commander, Cleveland Command and in 2016 Rob was promoted to Superintendent, Executive Manager - Training and Emergency Management - heading up the organisation's commercial training capability for the Queensland community. He was appointed as the inaugural Director of the QFES Workplace Conduct Branch in April 2017 and has been responsible for leading a team that has collectively developed a number of initiatives and programs to influence workplace behaviours and cultural change. Rob has a vested interest in how people best function to exude the highest professional and ethical standards on behalf of QFES. Rob believes that everyone who works for and represents QFES should be valued, respected and supported so they feel physically and psychologically safe within the workplace. Rob has a Bachelor Degree in Combined Arts as well as post-graduate qualifications in Applied Management, Executive Leadership and Fire Engineering. In 2009 Rob formed part of the QFES AUS-1 "Indo Assist" taskforce that deployed to Sumatra Indonesia to assist with the earthquake relief effort. Rob has extensive operational command experience having coordinated all QFES state operations during Cyclone Debbie in 2017, the unprecedented Operation Synergy bushfire event in late 2018 and the Townsville Floods in 2019. Rob is married to Rachel and has three sons: Jason, Andrew and Jonathan. He is a keen cyclist and rides in support of the QFES "Bike 4 Burns" charity initiative raising money for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Hear Rob Boniwell on:
“What’s the Matter? Can’t you take a Joke?” How the QFES Workplace Conduct Branch is challenging “normalised” behaviours in the workplace by taking a fresh perspective in proactively addressing poor conduct and performance. “They didn’t mean it like that. You’ll get used to it”
14:50 - 15:20