Meet your AADA team

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 ten years and Director of the FCAI for eight years. 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 United States, as well as a stint as General Marketing Manager for Ford’s vehicle manufacturing joint venture in Taiwan.

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

James Voortman

Executive Director Policy & Communication

James has extensive policy & automotive advocacy experience and has worked in several senior policy roles including advisor to a Federal Minister. James is responsible for all political engagement and communication strategy.

Brian Savage

Executive Director Operations

Brian is a highly experienced automotive executive with an extensive background in advocacy operations. 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.

Sharnee Pardy

Communications Manager

Sharnee is a communications professional who has worked in a number of industry associations. Sharnee is responsible for all internal and external communications, branding and events.

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.

Vinesh George

AADA Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

Vinesh is an experiencaed commercial lawyer who understands the unique issues in the Automotive Industry. Vinesh runs his own legal practice, V.S. George Lawyers in Sydney.