Robert Cameron holds degrees in engineering, economics and business. He is a non-executive company director in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. In 1994 he founded Centennial Coal Company Limited and was its Chief Executive Officer until 2011 and Chairman from 2011 to 2018. He was Chairman of the Australian Coal Association Ltd, NSW Minerals Council, Australian Coal Research Ltd, and ACA Low Emissions Technology Ltd.
In 2002 the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy awarded Mr Cameron the Institute Medal. In 2005 he received the Hunter Business Person of the Year Award, and in 2010 the Australian Mining Prospect Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining. In 2012 Mr Cameron was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to the mining industry of New South Wales, to higher education, and the community of the Hunter Valley’.
Robert Cameron is a member of the Library Council of NSW and Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee.