About AADA

What We Do

AADA is the peak industry advocacy body exclusively representing franchised new car dealers in Australia. There are around 1500 new car dealers in Australia that operate about 3500 new vehicle outlets. Dealerships range from family-owned small businesses to larger businesses including three public companies operating in regional Australia and capital cities across all States and Territories.

The economic impact of the new vehicle retailing sector to Australia is also significant. The industries total turnover/sales amounts to over $54 billion and the estimated total economic contribution is over $12 billion. The industry also generates over $9 billion in wages and $3 billion in tax revenue.

Secretariat

CEO

David Blackhall

David is a highly experienced  automotive executive with a strong background in finance, corporate strategy, automotive operations and all aspects of marketing and advertising. David was appointed CEO of the AADA effective 1 June 2016.

Exec. Director Policy & Communication

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. James is responsible for all political engagement and external and internal communication strategy.

Exec. Director Operations

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 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, branding and events.

Membership Officer

Jenni McAulay

Jenni has worked in the banking sector and Automotive Industry including experience in dealership administration. Jenni's main responsibilities are for AADA members and general office administrative duties.

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.

The AADA Board is comprised of Dealers from each Australian state and territory, along with four independently elected Dealers, making up a total of twelve national representatives. The AADA now has input from all sectors of the Dealer community from small rural dealerships to large metro operations, including AP Eagers and AHG.

  • Terry Keating (Chairman)
    NSW
  • Ian Field
    QLD
  • Leigh Smith
    VIC
  • Rick Collins
    SA
  • James John
    TAS
  • Richard Rolfe OAM
    ACT
  • John McConnell
    AHG
  • Martin Ward
    A.P. Eagers
  • Mark Woelders
    Appointed
  • Paul Warren
    Appointed
  • Graeme Stewart
    Appointed
  • Anthony Altomonte
    Appointed
  • Keith Thornton
    A.P. Eagers Alternate
  • Dave Christison
    AHG Alternate