Robert Skeen has traditional ties to the Gubbi Gubbi of the Qld Sunshine Coast, Mununjarli of Southeast Qld, and Waanyi of Northwest Qld.
He has worked in the Government and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Sector (ACCHO) for 25 years. in Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales. Robert was CEO of Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) in these three (3) states a total of 7 times. Robert has also worked at the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and helped establish the Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO). Before becoming the CEO, he was an alternative Director for the AH&MRC and also a member of the AH&MRC Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
Robert has been an integral participant in the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (CAPO), taking on the role of co-chair, and being recently appointed as the NSW representative for the National Joint Council. Robert’s most recent appointment has been as the co-deputy chair to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to inform the next National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence.
Robert has developed into a Strong Leader who has a proven track record of high-level Leadership, Change Management, and Innovation. His focus as CEO of AH&MRC, is to use his talents to develop and strengthen the ACCHO Sector, ensuring our Organisations have influence and are viewed by all stakeholders as a viable business, has collective accountabilities at the operational and governance level and is both healthy and smart.