Bob was a specialist valuer of hospitality, tourism, and leisure industry properties, with a career spanning more than 50 years. He joined the API as member #31 in 1967, became an Associate in 1972, and a Fellow in 1981. He was on the API’s Panel of Examiners and actively involved in many Discussion Groups.  

Bob began his valuation career with the Land Tax Office. He worked at various Municipalities and joined the State Bank of Victoria in 1976. Later he moved into the private sector, working at various firms. Finally, in 2002, Bob established his own valuation practice Butterworth (Australia) Pty Limited

Bob was a Visiting Scholar at RMIT in 1994, winning the J.C Burnham Scholarship. Throughout his career, he had numerous articles and papers published. He was proud to represent the Australian Hospitality Industry overseas, including delivering papers at conferences in Singapore and Las Vegas.   

Bob was an Honorary Lecturer at RMIT University for more than 10 years and a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne since 2014. 

Bob used his professional skills to help the community, serving on the Property Board for the local Church and as Project Commissioner on a property review for Scouts Victoria. He volunteered his time to numerous community groups and in 2001 received an award from the Victorian State Premier. 

Bob was well-known and favourably thought of throughout the valuation profession, he was a very gentle person, careful and meticulous in everything he was involved in, as well as generous in helping anyone who needed assistance.   

Bob was truly a dedicated member of the valuation profession and the API.