Rob Woolaston has worked on genetic improvement in a wide range of industries, including ruminants, forestry and aquaculture species. His early work in CSIRO at Armidale was directed at quantifying genetic variation in resistance of sheep to internal parasites and developing selection protocols for incorporating the trait into breeding programs. He led the successful bid for the first sheep CRC in 2000 and went on to become deputy chief of CSIRO Livestock Industries division. Since 2004, Rob has worked as a genetics consultant on numerous projects and over this time has been principal genetics advisor to a large forestry company based in the US. He currently chairs the Sheep Genetic Technical Committee and has served on previous AAABG committees, once as treasurer, being elected a AAABG Fellow in 2015.