Region Advisor Biography

Robert Cockburn, DTM, PID

Location: Riverton, Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: 1984
Region Number: 12
Home District: 17

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):

  • 2002-2004 International Director
  • 1990-1991 Chairman Continental Conference of European Toastmasters (CCET)
  • 1999-2000 TC Council Chair

Toastmasters honors and recognition (including international level you have received):

  • 2000 Presidential Citation awarded for work in helping European Toastmasters grow and forming D59
  • 1993 AC-B (in French), European Toastmaster of the Year

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a region advisor:

Worked at NATO's Logistics Agency in Luxembourg for 30 years as a Senior Technical Officer (Engineer) supporting air defense and communication networks, and managing various upgrade projects. Currently serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Western Australia and volunteers at Santa's Workshop making wooden toys for underprivileged children (he's an elf!).

What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?

As a Certified Project Manager and having more than 30 years’ experience working with Toastmasters at all levels of our organization, I want to help districts improve their planning as to how they will achieve their objectives. Studies with students taking online university courses have shown that if students plan how they will finish their course their success rate increases by 29%. Wouldn't our organization be much stronger if we were to improve our members’ completion rate by a similar amount?

Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?

When members discover the joy and accelerated learning that comes through mentoring others, they truly become Toastmasters and a whole new world of possibilities opens up to them. I want to help more Toastmasters and Toastmaster leaders discover this joy and allow us to greatly improve the quality of our club meetings.