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The Board of CAMS is an honorary board of up to 10 directors. It comprises six directors, elected by each State Council, up to three directors appointed by the Board and an independent Chairman elected by the Board. The Chairman is also the President of CAMS and the titular head of the organisation.

The Board of CAMS is elected to govern the management of the affairs of the Company, and is the policy determining body for motor sport in Australia.

Board _PapadopoulosAndrew Papadopoulos BA (Econ), Dip Marketing, Dip Business Studies, MAICD
2009 – 2018
President

Andrew Papadopoulos attained his Marketing and Business Studies qualifications while in London in the early seventies. He returned to Sydney to complete his Economics Degree at Macquarie University.

Andrew was employed in marketing in London and on his return to Sydney, spent three years in the public service before starting his own business in pallet manufacturing, recycling, repairing and marketing. His business, now in its 30th year of operation, employs 36 staff.

He is the Current President of CAMS, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Board member of Rally Australia, the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety and the CAMS Foundation. He is also a Life Member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia. Andrew has been involved in motor sport for over thirty years and has been a competitor in Classic Rallying and circuit racing in his Alfa Romeo sports sedan. All the Papadopoulos family are involved in motor sport.

Andrew has an extensive knowledge of Asian and World motor sport and has been heavily involved in furthering the interest of CAMS and motor sport with Asian ASNs, the FIA and State and Federal governments.

Andrew is passionate about road safety especially youth driver education and he has carried the CAMS Ignition message to the media, community and government.

As a committed member of the CAMS Board and as President, Andrew aims to lead CAMS into a more cost effective and user friendly organisation for all levels of motor sport.

 

Board _AtkinsonTerry Atkinson
2014 - 2018
Elected Director: Tasmania

Terry joined the CAMS Board in 2014.

Holding a Diploma of Textile Chemistry, Terry is currently employed as Dyehouse Manager at one of Australia’s oldest textile mills. He has been a small business owner since 1997.

Terry started in motor sport as a CAMS Flag Marshal at Symmons Plains, Tasmania in the early 1970s. He has participated in club level circuit events and rallies since 1972 and has been a CAMS Steward since 1985. Terry was appointed Clerk of Course at Symmons Plains from 2002 to 2013.

In 1984 Terry was made a life member of the MG Car Club of Tasmania, having joined as a competitor in 1971.

 

Board _ClementsMichael Clements
2012 - 2017
Elected Director: South Australia/NT

Michael was elected to the Board in 2012.

The son of an Off Road Racing driver, Michael’s involvement in motor sport started at the young age of 6. At age 12 he started competing winning the Onkaparinga Ramblers Junior Trophy for 5 years successive years. Michael took up rallying after he was married to his wife Susan, and spent over a decade competing in the SA Rally Championship and the occasional Australian Rally Championship event.

With 3 young boys, he concentrated in more recent years on the smaller family friendly events where he has won 10 South Australian Khanacross Championships and 3 South Australian Autocross Championships. In 2013 Michael won the inaugural Australian Khanacross Championship. Michael still competes alongside his 3 sons in Khanacross and Rallysprints.

Michael has also spent most of his life officiating at a multi-tude of events from club level to the World Rally Championship. He has been president of the Southern Districts Car Club of SA and was awarded Life Membership in 2009. He was Chairman of the SA Rally panel for 10 years. He has also served on the Australian Rally Commission and the Sport and Club Development Commission. He was awarded SA Rally Official of the year in 2011. He was also awarded the SA motor sport official of the year in 2005 and again in 2011.

Professionally, Michael is the managing director of a family business Clemco Pty Ltd, where he is responsible for the growing/harvesting/processing/marketing and sales of the Almonds they produce.

Michael’s other interests include cricket coaching and music.

 

Board _EmertonGraeme Emerton
2009 - 2019
Elected Director: New South Wales/ACT

Graeme was elected to the CAMS Board in 2009 and currently holds the position of Deputy President. His motor sport experience commenced with the University Car Club, becoming actively involved in all aspects of running a car club, serving on a variety of committee positions and competing in a broad range of club motor sport events.

He then became the founding President of the Club Car Racing Association of NSW, now the Improved Production Racing Association, of which Graeme was appointed as the first Life Member of IPRA NSW.

This then lead to further representation on various CAMS committees in NSW prior to being appointed to the Motor Race Executive, the forerunner of today’s Australian Motor Race Commission, which Graeme chaired prior to being appointed to the Board.

Professionally, Graeme has in excess of 30 years experience in Naval Engineering and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the Australasian Corrosion Association. He specialises in the inspection, maintenance and repair of vessels for the Royal Australian Navy

 

Board _EvansAlan Evans
2009 - 2017
Appointed Director

Alan was appointed as one of the non-elected Directors of CAMS in 2009 and was successfully re-appointed in 2012 and 2014.

Alan is a past President of NRMA Motoring and Services and the Australian Automobile Association and also served as the Australia Mobility Club delegate to the FIA.

He is the Managing Director of Dyno Dynamics (Aust) Pty Ltd and Strategic Consulting Services Pty Ltd. He is a member of the Performance Racing and Tuning Council of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.

Alan is also a Director of Eco-Motive, an Australian company developing alternative fuel technologies for motorists and Rally & Race Tech Pty Ltd. He has also held senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors, including CEO of Medicines Australia, Head of the Commonwealth Office of Regional Development, Executive General Manager of AusIndustry and Principal Adviser to the Federal Treasurer.

Alan has qualifications in engineering, law and economics and is currently an active participant in circuit racing and tarmac rallies.

 

Board _NRahimtullaNick Rahimtulla FAICD
2017 - 2019
Elected Director: Western Australia

Nick was elected to the CAMS Board in 2017 and his board portfolio includes the Australian Motor Sport Development Commission, on which he has previously served, as well as the role of West Australian State Council Chair.

Nick’s involvement in motor sport goes back to rallying in East Africa, and he has since competed in Tarmac Rallies and circuit racing around the country. He has been an official since 2004 and has been Clerk of Course at Barbagallo Raceway. Currently serving as Vice President of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (WA).

Having started life as an electrician and contractor in Kenya he has since been instrumental in starting a number of businesses in the electrical industrial and elevator distribution businesses and control panel manufacturing. These have since been sold to both multinational and international companies. He is the managing Director of a privately owned company involved with property development and he is now semi-retired.

Nick has been a member of Rotary for 40 years and has twice served as President, and was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow. He is currently the Chairman of the Rahimtulla Charitable Trust, a 95-year-old charity based in Kenya.

 

Board _GillespieIan Gillespie BA, Dip Laws (BAB), CCEO, MAICD, FAIM
2012 - 2018
Appointed Director

Ian Gillespie is the Group Chief Executive Officer (since 2006) of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited (RACQ), a public company limited by guarantee and mutually owned by its 1.3 million members. RACQ is an iconic Queensland organisation that provides an extensive range of products and services to its membership in all parts of the state with annual sales revenue approaching $1 Billion. Its principal activities include the provision of motoring, insurance, travel and finance services as well as being the primary advocate for motorists in Queensland.

Ian is a highly experienced corporate executive with a background in law. His career path has included advisory, functional, and line management roles and has covered a broad range of industries with extensive international experience at general manager and CEO level. He is also a very accomplished company director with over 25 years’ experience on the boards of private, public and listed companies in Australia and internationally.

A CAMS Director since 2012, Ian currently holds the following board positions:
• Director and CEO (since 2010) of Club Insurance Holdings Pty Ltd a Level 2 APRA regulated entity wholly owned by RACQ Ltd and holding company of RACQ Insurance Ltd.

• Director (since 2006), of RACQ Insurance Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of RACQ Ltd and one of the largest personal lines insurers in Queensland.

• Director (since 2011) of the RACQ Foundation, a charitable trust set up by RACQ to provide financial support to Queensland community groups. The Foundation has distributed over $7m since inception in 2011.

• Director (since 2006) of Australian Motoring Services Pty Ltd (AMS), a company wholly owned by the automobile clubs of Australia (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, and RACT) that focuses on providing business-to-business automotive and travel & tourism services on behalf of the clubs. AMS is a key player in the wholesale roadside assistance market, an information service provider in the Australian tourism industry, and a provider of consolidated travel solutions, increasing its presence in the online space. Its role also extends to the management of STAR Ratings Australia and the publication of accommodation guides.

• Director (since 2010) of Club Assist Corporation Pty Ltd (CAC), a global logistics company majority owned by the automobile clubs of Australia, supplying automotive batteries, battery testing equipment, automotive glass, alternators, starter motors, and contracted breakdown services to more than 70 automobile clubs worldwide.

• Director (since 2006) of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), a peak industry body which coordinates the lobbying activities of the automobile clubs of Australia and represents their interests both nationally and internationally by influencing public policy on behalf of the automobile clubs and their 7 million members across Australia. The AAA is a member of the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), which is a federation of more than 160 clubs in 120 countries, representing more than 100 million people.

• Director (since 2009) of the Global Mobility Alliance (GMA), an international coalition of leading automobile clubs from around the world which fosters the exchange of information and explores opportunities for business partnerships on a multinational basis. GMA affiliated automobile clubs collectively represent over 100 million members worldwide.

• Director (since 2012) of Tourism & Events Queensland, a statutory body appointed by the Queensland Government to provide strategic industry leadership and coordinate stakeholders in the planning, development, marketing and application of resources to grow tourism in Queensland. The tourism sector directly contributes over $7 Billion to the Queensland economy annually and is the state’s second largest export earner.

 

Board _GowersNorman Gowers B.App Sc (Chiro) - Phillip Institute of Technology (now RMIT)
2013 - 2018
Elected Director: Victoria

Norman was elected to the Board of CAMS in 2013 and his Board portfolio includes the Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission. He previously held the roles of Victorian State Council Chairman and Alternate Director as well as being a Commissioner on the Australian Sport & Club Development Commission. He has served as an executive member of the Vic Council for many years and as Chairman of the Victorian Hillclimb Panel.

Norman’s passion in motor sport is Hillclimbs and he has competed at all levels, from club to Australian Hillclimb Championships with numerous class track records and wins. He is an active member of the Victorian Mini Club and naturally campaigns in a mini sports sedan.

Prior to his involvement with CAMS, Norman served the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn where he held the role as club secretary for two terms. He has the honour of being a Paul Harris Fellow.

A Chiropractor, Norman has worked in private practice for more than twenty five years serving the health needs of his local community in Camberwell, Victoria.

 

Board _SouthAnthony South
2012 - 2019
Appointed Director

Tony South was appointed to the CAMS Board in 2012. He is currently Deputy President and Chairman of the CAMS Finance & Audit Committee and the Standing Nominations Committee.

A Chartered Accountant, Tony has had a long and distinguished business career, predominately in the Hospitality and Tourism sector. He retired as Chief Development Officer Asia Pacific with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG Plc) in 2011 after more than a decade with the company in Australia and Singapore. He has previously been the Managing Director of Tourism Asset Holdings Ltd and the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior positions included a senior role with (then) Colliers Jardine and as a partner with Horwath, Chartered Accountants.

In 2016 Tony was appointed to the position of Chairman, Tourism Australia. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of Quest Apartment Hotels, with previous Board positions including Chairman, Tourism Accommodation Australia and Director, Campus Living Funds Management Ltd. 

His lifelong interest in motor sport continues with participation in Classic Rally Club events. Additionally he is a member of the Ferrari Club Australia.

 

Board _SvensonLaurence Svenson
2009 - 2017
Elected Director: Queensland

Laurence served as Brisbane Sporting Car Club Board member for 5 years and then as Vice President before becoming President. He was Event Director the Queensland Off Road Commission (QORC) during the 1990s and co-ordinator for the QORC for a further 10 years.

Laurence held a position on the Queensland State Off Road Panel for most of the eighties, chaired panel for many years through the 90s – 2000s.

He has served on the National Off Road Committee which subsequently became the Australian Off Road Commission (AORC) and served as deputy Chair for a number of years. Laurence was also Deputy Chairman of the CAMS Queensland State Council.

After leaving high school, Laurence completed qualifications to become a motor mechanic and successfully went on to become the owner/operator of a mechanical repair business, having done so since 1993.

He started competing in Off Road 1978 and remains a current competitor. A CAMS Service Award recipient, Laurence has been a CAMS Board member since 2009.

 

All Correspondence to directors can be sent to CAMS National Office in Melbourne

PO Box 147
Caulfield East VIC 3145
Tel: 1300 883 959

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Board _ConnellyCAMS Delegate to the FIA
Garry Connelly AM Bachelor of Arts, Dip Ed, Dip AII

After completing his degree in Maths and Psychology at the University of Sydney, Garry taught high school mathematics for a number of years before becoming NSW Manager for CAMS. After leaving that position he moved to Brisbane where he established his own financial services business in which he still works today.

Over many years Garry has also been involved in several other highly successful business start-ups including a national one-hour photo business and a mobile technology company. He remains a director of a number of companies. In 2012 he joined the board of the Australian Road Safety Foundation.

Throughout his business career Garry has been actively involved in motor sport. He joined the Hills District Car Club in 1968 and is a Life Member of the Brisbane Sporting Car Club. As a driver and a co-driver he competed in rallies from club to international level. Concurrently he became involved in organising rallies and off road events of national and international status. In 1988 he was the driving force behind the bid to bring the FIA World Rally Championship to Australia. As Chairman of the Organising Committee and Clerk of Course, he oversaw Rally Australia’s entry in the WRC in 1989 and over the years, its development into one of the most popular and innovative events on the calendar.

From 1989 he represented CAMS on the FIA Rally Commission and FIA WRC Commission, and was Deputy Delegate to the FIA. In 2006 he was elected a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council – a position he still holds. In 2012 he was elected Deputy President of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability. He is also one of the permanent Chairmen of Stewards for the FIA Formula One World Championship and is a director of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety.