RD (Bob) Hill-Ling was the first cadet engineer at Hills Industries Limited in 1951, commencing as a driver and shop floor supervisor. He graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 1957 and was progressively promoted at Hills to become Managing Director in 1967.
He formed several networks including his classmates at University including such well known South Australian industry leaders as Professor Emeritus Sam Luxton (designed the Olympic Torch), Malcolm Kinnaird AC AO(Kinhill, Adelaide Brighton etc) and Ian Webber AO (Mitsubishi, Mayne Nickless etc).
Bob is married to Rosemary and has two daughters and a son.
His leadership abilities were recognised by invitations to be a director on numerous company boards, including Argo Investments and Korvest.
Anthony Kittel was awarded a grant in 2010 to attend Harvard Business School. After he attended the course he wrote:
I am most appreciative of the INDUSTRY LEADERS FUND for the opportunity to attend the HARVARD Business School Owners Presidents Management Program (OPM43). The first module which I attended in May/June 2011 was everything I expected plus more. I was stretched over the three week program and certainly did more reading than I have done in a long time. The course was great and they did have quite a number of manufacturing case studies which featured entrepreneurship, sales, product costing, marketing, negotiation and leadership. The group work which occurred every day certainly gave me an opportunity to understand the thoughts and ideas from a diverse group of business owners and reinforce my own thinking. I was nominated group leader for our living group ( by management before our arrival) and this also provided me with a further opportunity to develop my leadership skills with a group of people whom are individual leaders themselves.