ERS Highlight: From Special Operations and Intelligence to Communications – Meet Robert Rogers.

He spent six years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Radio Operator, specialising in Special Intelligence and Operations. Speak to any of his colleagues and he’s described as a very calm, patient individual who excels in a team environment. He has a keen eye for detail and a photographic memory that impresses beyond words. However, it’s the mention of his 7-year-old daughter that puts a true sparkle in his eye. We take a look at the career journey of one of our laser focussed Communications Centre Operators, Robert Rogers.


After graduating from Ocean Reef Senior High School in 1995, it was the Royal Australian Navy that caught Robert’s attention. From 1996 to 2002, Robert embraced his role as a Radio Operator in Special Operations and Intelligence for the Royal Australian Navy.

Recognised for his elite skill set, he was then posted to HMAS Adelaide for four years where he was involved in operational duties across East Timor, the Solomon Islands and various Middle East deployments. During this time, he was a member of the Operational Boarding Party during two operational stints in the Arabian Gulf. A role that entailed boarding all vessels entering and leaving the Arabian Gulf, searching for all illegal and embargoed materials. An extremely challenging yet rewarding role that saw Robert grow both professionally and personally.

But it wasn’t all work and no play. A keen sportsman, Robert was also selected for the All Defence Australian Rules Football team in 1998 and 2000 after the Defence Force Interservice Football Carnivals.

In 2002, after a successful career with the Navy, Robert decided it was time for a change. The next decade saw Robert hold a host of roles, utilising his skills learned as a Radio Operator. From Operations Manager with Guardian Removals to Payments Officer with Alinta Gas and Activations Specialist with Applied Satellite Communications, Robert spent the better part of the next ten years working across various industries to find his passion. In 2017, a Covert Loss Prevention Officer role caught his eye. Successfully appointed in the role, he embraced the challenges and thrived under the pressure. From covert detection and apprehension of offenders to the use of CCTV and participating in police operations across the state, it was a role that helped Robert discover where his career journey was next headed.

In 2021, following a competitive recruitment process, he joined the Executive Risk Solutions team. In his current role as one of our Communications Centre Operators, Robert is the lead for 24/7 monitoring, notification, coordination and emergency communication support for key personnel and global assets. Known for his acute eye for detail, lightning-fast response and dedication to the role, he’s an asset we are pleased to have.

Outside of work, Robert is a doting father to an incredible 7-year-old girl. On his days off, he volunteers at her school and takes her to her out of school activities. A passionate Aussie rules football player for over 30 years, Robert hung up his boots 5 years ago. He now enjoys cooking and baking with his daughter, playing bass guitar and reading books on warfare.

Ned Robinson, ERS Intelligence Manager commented

“Rob made an immediate positive impression during his initial interview. Since commencing the role, these initial impressions have proven to be spot on. Rob fits the ERS recruiting model perfectly and as an ex-Defence Force veteran, we knew Rob’s background would necessitate him to be team-focused, solutions-driven, and highly reliable. As an ex Signaller, Rob brings with him a wealth of highly technical experience which makes him adept at his role in the communications centre and we have focused on developing this talent by upskilling him with OSINT research courses. Although Rob is ex-Navy we try not to hold this against him.”

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