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Robert Chignell

With his understanding of most business disciplines and experience with large and small operations, Robert is quick to get to the heart of the problem. His extensive experience in business turnaround means he can identify actions that can improve performance. His strengths include operations, commercial sales, business development, business turnaround, marine logistics, shipping, property rental.


  • Management-
  • Relationships-
  • Governance-
  • Sales-
  • Finance-
  • HR-


  • Mining-
  • Transport, postal and warehousing-
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services-

Spoken Languages:

State: Victoria

Primary Locations:

  • Melbourne South-
  • Melbourne CBD-
  • Melbourne South East-

Mentoring available by:

  • In Person, Face to Face in (Victoria) or by Phone and online

I can also deliver mentoring by phone and online

Current Occupation:

SBMS Mentor and Chief Commercial Officer for a maritime services business

Detailed CV:

Robert quickly rose through the ranks in the maritime industry into management positions that have given him a holistic perspective of that industry and business generally. He also established a successful property business in New Zealand.

  • 2006-2008. Operations Manager for an international maritime operation.
  • 2008-2012. General Manager, North UK, for an international harbour and terminal logistics company. Promoted twice in four years.
  • 2012-2016. General Manager, South Australia & Victoria, for the same company.
  • 2016. Deputy Harbour Master/Marine Manager – Planning & Projects for the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne).
  • 2015-present. Built a successful short-term property letting business in New Zealand.
  • 2016-present. Chief Commercial Officer with a marine services business.
  • Chairman, Young Shipping Australia Victoria Branch


  • BSc Marine Operations, Northumbria University – 2005
  • MBA (Hons) in Executive Business Management, Durham University – 2012
  • GIACD Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors – 2016