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DOYLE, Robert Keith Bennett, AC

DOYLE, Robert Keith Bennett, AC

Former Lord Mayor of Melbourne and leader of the Victorian Liberal Party, Robert Doyle was first educated at Myrtleford State School before winning a scholarship and attending as a boarder at the Geelong College from 1966 to 1971.

At Geelong College he was a member of the 1st Tennis VIII of 1970, the 1st Football XVIII in 1971 and participated as a member of the Music, Debating, Pegasus and PFA committees. After leaving school he studied at Monash University graduating in 1977 and returning to Geelong College as a teacher in 1978. As a staff member, he taught English became Head of Keith House in 1981 and edited the School Magazine Pegasus in 1979 and 1980. In 1982, he returned to Melbourne to continue teaching firstly at Lauriston Girls’ School and later at Scotch College, Melbourne.

In 1992, he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Malvern when the Liberal Party under Jeff Kennett defeated Joan Kirner at the Victorian State Election. In 1996, Doyle became Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services. Following the defeat of the Kennett government at the 1999 State Election Doyle became Opposition Health Spokesman and in 2002 shortly before the State Election became leader of the Victorian Liberal Party. Although the Liberal Party lost the election, Doyle remained the leader until, in 2006 acknowledging his declining support, he resigned from both the leadership position and, in November of 2006, from Parliament. In 2007, he became Chairman of Melbourne Health, the group that operates the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2008 and 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He resigned from that position in early 2018.

His service to the comunity was honoured in the Queen's Birthday awards of June 2017 when he was appointed a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia 'for eminent service to the people of Melbourne through roles in local government, to the Parliament of Victoria, particularly in the areas of health and public administration, and to the community as a supporter of youth, social welfare and medical research foundations.'

Service details from the Governor-General's award website.:

Local Government:
Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne, since 2008; President, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, since 2008.
Member, United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, 2012-2014. Advisory Committee Member, World Economic Forum, (Davos), since 2016.

Parliament of Victoria:
Member for Malvern,1992-2006; Leader of the Opposition, 2002-2006; Shadow Minister for Health, 1999-2002; Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services, 1996-1999; Member, Crime Prevention Committee, 1992-1995.

Chairman, Melbourne Health, since 2007; Chairman, Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation, since 2007; Chair, 'Working Party on Trauma and Emergency Services', Victoria, 1997.
Ex-officio Member, Cancer Council Victoria, since 2008. Trustee, Shrine of Remembrance, since 2008.
Honorary President, Melbourne Region Scouts Association, since 2010. Member, United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, since 2011. Board Member, Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, since 2011.

Odyssey House, since 2004; SecondBite, since 2009; Field of Women, since 2010; White Ribbon Day Foundation, since 2009; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since 2010.

Principal, Nous Group, since 2006.
Group Master and Teacher, Scotch College, 1985-1992; Department Head and Teacher, Lauriston Girls' School, 1982-1984; Teacher and House Master, Geelong College, 1978- 1981.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Inaugural C40 and Siemens Climate Leadership Awards, City of Melbourne, Leadership Award for Energy Efficient Built Environment, London UK, 2013.
Fellow, Monash University, since 2010.
Commonwealth Fellow, Al Merito on el Exterior (Chile), 2011. Honorary Professor, Tianjin Medical University, (China), 2011.
Recipient, Distinguished Public Service Award, Anti-Defamation Committee, 2017. Recipient, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), Monash University, 2016.

Sources: Pegasus, 1978 p46; Portrait of Geelong College, 1979 p58; Geelong Times 14 Feb 2001; Herald Sun (Melb) 21 August 2002; The Age (Melb) 22 Sep 2012; OGC 1968.

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