In our endeavours to represent the interests of Australia’s retail automotive Dealers, AADA has put in place a highly experienced, qualified team of professionals.

Together they share decades of experience and a passion for our industry that drives them to advocate fiercely for Dealers’ interests.

The AADA Secretariat

David Blackhall
Chief Executive Officer

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.

He was Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia/Pacific for more than 10 years and Director of the FCAI for eight. As FCAI Director, David also held the roles of Vice-President and Treasurer.

David began his automotive career in Ford’s graduate trainee program, rising through the ranks and through most areas of the car business in Australia and the US, as well as completing a stint as General Marketing Manager for Ford’s vehicle manufacturing joint venture in Taiwan.

In 2015, in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the industry, David was made a life member of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

James Voortman
Executive Director Policy & Communication

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

James is responsible for all political engagement and communication strategy.

Sharnee Pardy
Communications Manager

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.

Vinesh George
AADA Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

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

Brian Savage
Executive Director Operations

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.

Jenni McAulay
Membership Officer

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.

Board of Directors

The AADA Board is comprised of Dealers from each Australian state and territory, along with four independently elected Dealers, making up a total of 12 national representatives. The AADA now has input from all sectors of the Dealer community, from small rural dealerships to large metropolitan operations, including AP Eagers and AHG.

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