Robert targets sustainable business growth as new Chief Financial Officer

December 19, 2023 | People

Newly appointed Chief Financial Officer, Robert Fredericks, views integrity as the cornerstone of sustainable business growth.

For more than 30 years Robert has focused on growing businesses from start-ups to ASX-listed companies.

His area of expertise encapsulates financial control, strategic planning, risk management, governance, and business improvement.

In a career traversing sectors – retail, manufacturing, and IT to name a few – Robert has rare depth in property and construction.

“I’ve worked for various industry stakeholders, including the building owner, property developer, building contractor, subcontractor, services provider and financier,” says Robert.

“This has provided a 360-degree view of finance in the industry, with an appreciation of stakeholder priorities, and the importance of building long-term relationships.”

Paynter Dixon’s 110-year history is a source of inspiration.

“This is an amazing company with a history of partnering and acting with integrity.”

“Paynter Dixon’s values – responsive, supportive, creative, and determined – resonate on a personal level. I firmly believe a business grows when its people start with the values and build from there.”

“It really comes down to collaboration and teamwork. I like to get out of my office, so I’m looking forward to visiting our construction sites and offices to form these connections.”

Looking to the horizon, Robert says his role will support “scalable and sustainable business growth which further enhances the company brand.”

“A high-performing finance function will play a pivotal role.”

A life of sporting excellence has shaped a high performance mentality. Schooling at The King’s School led to GPS-winning basketball teams and schoolboy rugby union for NSW. High placings in Ironman Triathlons and long-distance running events followed later.

“My background is centred on high performance, and I aim to bring that dimension into the business world.”

Robert also harbours a passion for landscape gardening. He owned and operated a nursery while studying commerce at Newcastle University, which in turn led to travel and working on lavish estates in the United Kingdom, including the residence of Elton John.

More recently, the family garden has been inspired by the elegance of renowned Australian garden designer, Paul Bangay.

“Landscape gardening is a process of creating beauty and structure. Whatever I’m doing – whether sport, business or my personal life – I’m fundamentally looking to create structure and order.”