Barry Robson, the President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA), became a Union delegate of the Waterside Workers Federation in 1970 and was elected as Senior Vice President of that Union in 1988.
In 1995 he was elected Assistant Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, a position he held until his retirement from the workforce in 2003.
From 1991 to 1995 he was a Councilor on Blacktown City Council. He became a delegate to ADFA in 1996 and was appointed President in 2002 and elected President in 2003, a position he holds today. He has been appointed to the following, Asbestos Research Institute in 2004, Federal Government Asbestos in Telstra Infrastructure in 2013 and Federal Asbestos Safely and Eradication Agency (ASEA) in 2013.
Barry has been awarded three Life Memberships, Maritime Union of Australia, St Mary’s Baseball Club, and Blacktown Mt Druitt Cardiac Support Group.