René has a 40-year history of using his managing skills to attain profit improvement via sustainable cost reduction, restructuring and business development. Since 1974 he worked at CEO/board level and liaised with all levels of government, the public service and unions. He also has extensive experience in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, America and Australasia. For more than 20 years, René operated as a self-employed contractor at chief executive level.

He is now retired and is a member and director of the Small Business Mentoring Service Inc.

René holds Honours Degrees in Applied Science and Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland plus a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University.