With his initial career as a scientist making penicillin at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Bruce moved to Miami, Florida where he completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree in biochemistry an went on to work in molecular biology research. Returning to Melbourne he took up a position at the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital to undertake research the led to the development of a vaccine for the Hepatitis A Virus. After several years at Fairfield Hospital, Bruce moved into industrial biotechnology research with ICI (now Orica). Over time Bruce became interested in environmental biotechnology leading to his role in decontaminating and remediating contaminated industrial sites around the world, principally in Germany, France, Brazil and Australia.
Bruce’s Rotary journey began in 2007 when he became a member of the Rotary Club of Strathmore. He has held numerous leadership roles at club and district level including with the District Foundation Committee looking after the Vocational Training Team portfolio and serving as Chair of the International Service Committee. He has been Assistant Governor and served on the executive team of Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), as National Scientific Committee Coordinator and is on the Board of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). Bruce and his wife Marilyn are Paul Harris Fellows, members of the Paul Harris Society and Tier One Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.