AADA congratulates Gold Coast automotive royalty, Rebecca Frizelle and prominent Cairns Dealer, Richard Ireland, after they were both awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) in the latest Queen’s Birthday honours.
Ms Frizelle is Chief Operating Officer of Frizelle Prestige and a key shareholder at Frizelle Sunshine Automotive and PWA. Known for her strong advocacy for the city of Gold Coast, she is one of the largest employers on the Gold Coast, employing more than 800 people. She was honoured for service to the automotive sector, and to rugby league. The mother of four is a loyal supporter of women in leadership roles, and was a member of the gender diversity panel at the AADA 2019 National Dealer Convention & Expo.
Mr Ireland received the honour for his service to the motor industry and to the community of Cairns, making him the third generation of his family to be so honoured. Dealer Principal of Ireland Holden, HSV, Mitsubishi and Isuzu Truck franchises, Mr Ireland is also co-managing director with his brother David of the family-owned FR Ireland Pty Ltd. In his role with the Australian Holden Dealer Council, has been intimately involved in negotiations with GM Holden over compensation packages for Holden Dealers following GM’s decision to end the brand.