About AADA

What We Do

AADA is the peak industry advocacy body exclusively representing franchised new car Dealers in Australia. There are around 1,500 new car Dealers in Australia that operate over 3,000 dealerships. New car Dealers range from family-owned small businesses to larger and publicly owned businesses operating in regional Australia and capital cities across the country.

The new vehicle retailing sector employs more than 60,000 people including many apprentices, contributes almost 13 billion to the national economy,  has a total turnover/sales of more than $55 billion and generates more than $2 billion in tax revenue.

Secretariat

Chief Executive Officer

James Voortman

James has extensive policy and automotive advocacy experience and has worked as an advisor to a Federal Minister as well as several senior policy roles within a range of industry associations.

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Savage

Brian is a highly experienced automotive executive with an extensive background in policy development, member relationship management and industry relations having held senior positions at the VACC, and with vehicle importers. Brian is responsible for all operational matters including finance, IT and member services and is playing a key role with the Australian Motor Dealer Council.

Communications & Operations Manager

Sharnee Pardy

Sharnee is a communications professional who has worked in a number of industry associations in the communications, marketing, events and project management space. Sharnee is responsible for all internal and external communications, media, events, finance and IT.

Administrative Officer

Ashleigh Sykes

Ashleigh is an experienced administrator across a range of industries including the legal sector. Ashleigh is responsible for all day to day administrative operations at the AADA.

Member Engagement Manager WA

Mark Korol

Mark has extensive industry experience from Senior Manufacturer level to Operations as well as Dealer Principal for a large publicly listed company. Having developed and trained a significant number of Dealer Principals', Mark's knowledge of the Industry is detailed and extensive; and now provides services to the AADA in Western Australia as the WA Engagement Manager.

Member Engagement Manager QLD

David Crosdale

David has extensive industry experience, his knowledge of the Industry is detailed and extensive. David provides services to the AADA in Queensland as the QLD Engagement Manager.

Secretary

Vinesh George

Vinesh is an experienced commercial lawyer who has advised automotive clients for many years and who understands the unique issues in the Automotive Industry. Vinesh runs his own legal practice, V.S. George Lawyers in Sydney and acts as the AADA Company Secretary and Legal Counsel.

Board of Directors

The AADA Board is comprised of Dealers from each Australian state and territory, along with four independently elected Dealers. The AADA now has input from all sectors of the Dealer community from small rural dealerships to large metro operations, including Eagers Automotive.

  • David Blackhall (Chairman)
  • Edwina Gilbert
    NSW
  • Nick Pappas
    QLD
  • Vacant
    VIC
  • David Reynolds
    SA
  • Sam Nixon
    TAS
  • Peter Axiom
    ACT
  • David Hayes
    NT
  • Tyson Sutton
    WA
  • Martin Ward
    Eagers Automotive
  • Mark Woelders
    Appointed
  • Paul Warren
    Appointed
  • Graeme Stewart
    Appointed
  • Anthony Altomonte
    Appointed
  • Keith Thornton
    Eagers Automotive Alternate