MTAQ Board of Directors
The Board of MTA Queensland comprises 13 industry experts. Each board member is currently working in the industry and has real world knowledge of the issues that are important to the businesses in their sector. Another four Independent Directors, each with a wealth of general corporate and management experience, sit on the Board. This diversity of membership gives the Board a practical balance of automotive-specific and general business expertise.
AGM - Friday 27th October
Chairman, MTA Queensland
Chairman, Queensland Farm and Industrial Machinery Dealers Division
David Fraser has worked in the automotive industry since beginning his career as a diesel fitter mechanic in 1974. Elected President of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland in 2009, David has also served two terms as the Chair of the Queensland Farm and Industrial Machinery Dealers Division.
David is heavily involved in the automotive and farm machinery industry and is the Dealer Principal at McIntosh & Son Dalby Queensland.
Vice-Chairman, MTA Queensland
Chairman, Engine Reconditioners Association of Queensland
Mark Bryers started working in the automotive industry in Ipswich in 1979. He has been Chairman of the Engine Reconditioners Association of Queensland since 2007. Mark says his main goal as Chair of his Division is to see specialists in the industry paid fair rates for the complex technical jobs they do.
Mark has been employed by Engine Australia for the past 25 years and currently serves as their National Sales and Marketing Manager.
Secretary, MTA Queensland
Chairman, Queensland Motorcycle Industry Division
Paul Peterson has worked in the motorcycle sales sector of the automotive industry since 1996 and balances his duties as MTA Queensland Secretary with his full-time role as the Director of Pro Motorcycles.
As Chair of the Queensland Motorcycle Industry Division, Paul aims to work with his committee to develop initiatives which stimulate industry growth and which lift the level of training and professionalism in the industry as a whole.
Chairman, National Auto Collision Alliance
Ben has been involved in the automotive industry since 1982 and began his formal industry education as an apprentice Panel Beater / Spray Painter.
Ben is currently employed by Car-Craft Accident Repair Centres as the State Manager for Queensland and is driven to ensure his business sector is given the recognition it deserves, given the complexity of modern motor vehicles and the knowledge and expertise required to repair them.
Chairman, Rental Vehicle Industry Division
Grant Harrison began working in the automotive industry in 1989 beginning his career operating and managing a small defence fleet.
Grant has been involved in the rental vehicle industry for over 10 years managing large national commercial vehicle fleets. Grant became Chair of the Rental Vehicle Industry Division (RVID) in 2017 after joining MTA Queensland in 2009 and holding Secretary and Vice Chairman roles.
Grants vision is to represent the industry and ensure that the RVID remains relevant and adds value to its membership.
Chairman, Automotive Parts Recyclers Division
Lawrie has been working in the automotive industry since 1969, starting his career as an automotive dismantler in Victoria.
He is now Managing Director of Jeeepart Recyclers Qld & Vic, and of Beecham Vehicle Sales Qld, and has been a member of MTA Queensland since 1996.
Lawrie became chairman of the Automotive Parts Recyclers Division in December 2015 and is committed to seeing the industry get the representation, advocacy and support it deserves and requires.
He is a great believer in industry associations and has set a personal goal to show non-member colleagues the value of association membership, wishing to see membership thrive within the Auto Parts Recycling and State Motoring Associations.
Chairman, Service Station and Convenience Store Association of Queensland
Tim Kane has been involved in the Service Station business since 1988 when he started as a driveway attendant. Now the Manager of BP Yandina, Tim has been heavily involved in the Service Station and Convenience Store Association of Queensland since becoming Vice-Chairman in 1998.
Since his election as Chairman in 2001, Tim has worked closely with regulatory authorities and other parties with the view to maintaining competition in the industry and making sure independent service station operators get a ‘fair go’.
Chairman, Queensland Motor Dealers Council
James started at Llewellyn Motors in 2002 and prior to that managed a consultancy which provided training management systems to a range of large companies, including Holden College. James is currently the General Manager of Llewellyn Motors, Ipswich.
James believes the formation of the national body AADA is a great step forward and is keen to drive the new direction of the Queensland body to best support the issues of dealers in Queensland.
Chairman, Tyre and Undercar Division of Queensland
Brad has been working in the automotive industry since 1986 and started out as an apprentice Motor Mechanic. He is the owner / operator of Geebung Tyres and More.
Brad is hoping to lead by example in upholding industry standards and will work to ensure that all businesses under his division have complete access to up-to-date industry information and advice. Brad is also keen to encourage businesses to support local community groups.
Chairman, Automotive Engineers Division
Far North Queensland Representative
Mark Dodge was elected as Chairman of the Automotive Engineers Division and joined the MTA Queensland Board in 2015 after serving a short period as divisional Chairman in a caretaker capacity.
Mark began his automotive industry career in 1975 as a mechanical apprentice at a Holden Dealership. He is now the co-owner of Mark Dodge Motoring, a business that delivers automotive services - including automotive mechanical, auto electrical, air conditioning service and repair, and RACQ roadside assistance - to the Cairns region.
A long-time member of the MTAQ, Mark is committed to helping members recognise the technological changes occurring in the industry, and to helping them adapt and innovate for the future.
North Queensland Representative
Rod Pether has been North Queensland’s representative on the MTA Queensland Board since 2002 and has been a member of the Association for more than 20 years.
Starting in the industry as an apprentice mechanic in 1977, Rod is now Dealer Principal at Rod Pether Motors in Townsville. A keen advocate for North Queensland, Rod is committed to bringing issues specific to the region to the attention of the industry and Government decision makers.
Central Queensland Representative
James Robertson has been the Central Queensland representative on the MTA Queensland Board since 2013 and is the Dealer Principal for his family’s business, Bill Robertson Toyota, which was established in 1972, as well as the Managing Director of the Gladstone News Weekly.
James believes that family-owned businesses form an important part of the Queensland economy, providing long term stability, expertise and employment, and that the MTA Queensland can provide a voice for business as well as valuable training and support.