Professional Achievement

Charles Sturt University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Professional Achievement

This award recognises alumni who are professionally making a significant and positive impact on their communities, their industry or the world.


Name: Mr. Robin Boniwell
Career: Chief Superintendent, Director of QFES State Operational Coordination Branch
Course: 2021, Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)

Chief Superintendent Rob Boniwell is the Director of the QFES State Operational Coordination Branch that coordinates all QFES resources during emergencies and disaster operations. He has been proudly serving his communities for over 26 years in several capacities, such as frontline fire and rescue, Incident Controller and State Coordinator. During 2020 Rob went above and beyond by completing his Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) whilst leading the QFES COVID-19 pandemic response, managing organisational change within his directorate, and buying and selling his family's home. Rob's academic achievements were acknowledged when he received the Executive Dean's award during his 2020 sessions.  Rob's community and organisational service has been recognised through his leadership during major disasters, such as, the 2010/11 Brisbane Floods/Cyclone Yasi response, 2017 Cyclone Debbie, 2018 Townsville Floods and the 2019/20

Robin Boniwell

Highly Commended

Name: Mr. Anthony Spiteri
Career: Senior Global Technologist at Veeam Software
Course: 2010, Master of Network & System Administration

Anthony Spiteri is a Senior Global Technologist, vExpert, VCIX-NV and VCAP-DCV working in the Product Strategy team at Veeam. He currently focuses on Veeam’s Service Provider products and partners. Anthony previously held Architectural Lead roles at some of Australia’s leading Cloud Providers. He is responsible for generating content, evangelism, collecting product feedback, and presenting at events worldwide. He can be found blogging on his personal blog or on Twitter @anthonyspiteri.


This award recognises alumni who are, in their professional role, making a significant and positive impact on their communities, their industry or the world.

Other criteria

  1. Alumni who demonstrate outstanding contributions to a workplace, profession or industry (local or international). This might include:
    1. undertaking entrepreneurial challenges
    2. driving new opportunities for their workplace or industry
    3. participation in mentoring programs and/or industry award recipients.
  2. Alumni who demonstrate through their work, professional or community, alignment with one or all of the University’s values of insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring.
  • Process guidelines and policy


    The Alumni Award nominations will be assessed by an internal University committee.  Award recipients who have been nominated by someone else will be contacted to ensure they are happy to formally accept the nomination prior to formal advice being sent out.