Rodney Dunkley

  • Chatswood NSW
Rodney Dunkley


My main interest is making things and repairing thing to help others out. I have volunteer experience in site repairs in charity work in Hong Kong and for the Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board in South Australia.

I enjoy remote area bush walking and long distance roadtrips.


I have many outstanding qualities,  some of which include:

  • An ability to get on with people;
  • A very positive outlook on life, and especially difficult situations;
  • An ability to turn my hand to most things, with a 'can-do attitude';
  • An ability to quickly learn new skills;
  • Punctuality,
  • A passion for the work I am doing, regardless of the task;
  • A work ethic that sees me do everything to the absolute best of my ability; and
  • Loyalty and trustworthiness.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2004 - Jul 2012

Assistant Manager

Naamaroo Uniting Venues

My responsibilities at Naamaroo focused on the maintenance of the Naamaroo convention centre site. Maintenance duties were extensive and included oversight of grounds as well as buildings. My responsibilities included the coordination of contractors, the organisation and supervision of staff, undertaking cooking and cleaning duties when the centre was short-staffed - for example, due to illness. As Assistant Manager I contributed to large scale projects and their management, such as the refurbishment of site cabins, the construction of workshops, modification of existing facilities, refurbishment of kitchens, and major landscaping projects.

My work in this role required me to have extensive contact with the public - indeed, in many respects it was a public relations role in which I worked with a wide range of ages and ethnic groups and with a diverse range of personalities. My ready ability to get on with most people has been a consistent and demonstrated strength.

Uniting Venues is a large corporation and I was involved with a wide range of senior and middle management. I implemented and supported a wide range of policy initiative and in some cases was responsible for instigating them. I had a thorough knowledge of local government laws and statutes as they applied to the site and often interacted with local government and state authorities (such as NSW Parks and Wildlife) in the course of my duties. 

I was required to use, and am competent with the full Microsoft Office suite of products. In addition I have a good working knowledge of web based applications including social media tools and am familiar with the way these are able to better market the organisation. 

A wide range of staff reported to me and I was responsible in the first instance for their contract negotiation and settling their terms of employment. I consider myself a competent and compassionate supervisor, sympathetic to the day to day issues and concerns that can preoccupy my staff. 

The hardware element of an IT network is something of which I have a good working knowledge. I have above average skills in connecting not just IT networks but sound systems as well, a valuable skill in a conference site. My trouble-shooting skills are exceptional and I have the capacity to determine the likely source of a problem before a tradesman has to be called, or where that is not required, solving the problem myself. 

To that end I also have a high level understanding of many trades and technologies - plumbing, air conditioning, construction. This has meant that I have been able to not only make cost effective diagnosis of problems but have been able to effectively monitor and oversee contracted repairs.

This role required me to contribute to a wide range of financial management and oversight. This included daily assessment of cost effectiveness of operations, through to regular reporting and budget management.  

I was required to contribute to status and other statutory reporting on a regular basis and am very comfortable with this sort of administrative oversight. 

I had numerous opportunities to function in the Naamaroo Manager's role for extensive periods of time and demonstrated a strong capacity for and comfort with this level of responsibility, management and leadership. Until July 2012 where my position became redundant after restructuring.

1998 - Sep 2004

Spare Parts Manager

Taree Subaru and Volkswagen

This management position involved stock ordering and control, customer service with trade and retail customers, deliveries and  fitting of accessories. While employed here I also used Microsoft Excel and Publisher. While I was manager I also was in charge of maintenance of the building.

1994 - 1998

Sales and service assistant

Taree Auto Wreckers

While in this position I was involved in many aspects of the business, customer service in person as well as on the phone, remove parts, clean and catalog them. I also sold and repaired cars.

1994 - 1994


My employment here was for three months. While with this company I helped  to dissemble an A/C cooling tower using cutting equipment and assembling a new tower in its place. I was called on to assist in problem-solving on a range of other fabrication jobs.

1985 - 1994

Radiator Repairer

Stan Kurtz Radiator Repairs

My position here included a lot of different areas of the trade.  Some  included working on cars, the removal and repairing of radiators, problem solving with over-heating problems, and designing and building custom radiators. While here I learned how to use a gas torch, ox-acetylene gear and a mig welder. I completed my Trade Certificate while employed with this company.


1984 - 1984

Taree Tafe College

This was a twelve month full time course. Giving me the skills to work on cars, engines and use various machinery in the fitting and machining workshop.

1979 - 1983

Chatham High School

I finished and passed my year 10 certificate.



Power tools

Can operate most power tools.


Also have my own car.

Mig Welding

I have used a Mig Welder in most of my previous job, not constantly but often.



Michael Henderson

Michael has known me for some 7+ years.

Dave Calder

Dave and I have worked together for a number of years including in a previous business he owned.

Brad Anderson

I have worked on his property as a handymann

Steve Davies

Steve has known me for 7+ years and we have been involved together in different activities.