Rowley has served community organisations for over 40 years as a volunteer—and as a professional administrator in both the Royal Life Saving Society and the Scout Association. He has held positions in Lions International, the Royal Life Saving Society, Australia Resuscitation Council, Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming & Water Safety, National Safety Council, the Scout Association, WA Women’s Hockey Association, ADF Hockey Association, Women’s World Cup 2002 Ltd, ACT Women’s Hockey Association, ACT Hockey Association, Hockey Australia, Rotary International, Rotary Down Under Editorial Board, the National Youth Science Forum and ShelterBox Australia Ltd. Rowley holds diplomas in Business (Governance), Government (Management) and Administration Studies and an advanced diploma in Personnel Operations Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute for the Teaching of Swimming & Water Safety and a Companion of the Royal Life Saving Society. He also holds the Royal Life Saving Society’s Service Cross and Australian Service Order. Rowley retired from full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force at the end of 2011 but transferred to the Air Force Reserve and still works part-time. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace (ACT) in the ACT Supreme Court in 2003.