Governance

Policy and management of the RVA is conducted by a council of ten members who are elected at the annual general meeting.

The seven largest members, by fleet size, are automatically entitled to one seat each on the council and the three remaining positions are voted on annually. Any member may stand for council. The President and Vice President is also appointed annually by the incoming council.

President - James Dalglish

James has spent close to 20 years in the car rental industry, and is currently Managing Director of GO Rentals. As President of the RVA James enjoys collaborating with members to improve the industry here in NZ. A keen business strategist, with a deep interest in digital marketing and innovation, rugby is James’s passion in his spare time.

Vice President - Tony Mortenson

After graduating from Lincoln University with a B.Com (Hon) in Accounting and Finance Tony started his career as an accountant for KPMG Auckland.  He then worked as Financial Controller for a privately-owned SME in North Canterbury, before becoming Branch Manager for Alsco, an industrial textual company with over 4000 customers and over 110 staff operating in Canterbury.  Tony then worked at University of Canterbury as the Director of Executive Development Programmes, and then as Director of International Growth Strategies.  Concurrently, he also completed his Master of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. In 2018, Tony joined the Thrifty / Dollar Rental Car team as New Zealand General Manager, responsible for the 32 branches across New Zealand.  He is also on the board of the Science Alive Charitable Trust.

Council Member - Margaret Hawkes

Margaret and her team run Freedom Mobility, covering the whole of New Zealand. All of their vehicles are modified in some way to be accessible or drivable for people who live with disabilities. She really enjoys delivering mobility to people so they can get out and explore the beauty of our country.

Council Member - Mary Hamilton

Mary is the marketing director and co-owner of Wilderness Motorhomes, a motorhome rental company specialising in the premium end of the market. She brings a passion for providing unique traveller experiences and enhancing the contribution tourism makes to the economy. Mary has been the driver of the digital strategy at Wilderness and loves being part of an industry undergoing transformation.

Council Member - Kevin Walker

Kevin is the Executive Director of Ezi Car Rental.  He has worked in the automotive industry since 1983.  He started out as an Automotive Technician before moving into vehicle leasing where he worked for a number of years in senior management. In the early 1990s, he purchased a Mitsubishi dealership which led to the  purchase and development of other dealerships.  Kevin started working in the rental vehicle industry in 2009 with A2B Car Rental which is now Ezi Car Rental.

Council Member - Bevan Alter

Bevan Alter has been GM Operations for Hertz NZ since 2013.   Prior to that, he held management positions in the New Zealand Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry for 25 years. The RVA plays a vital role in managing what the future face of the Rental Vehicle Industry looks like and Bevan very much believes that we need to be a part of driving changes within the industry, ensuring that all stakeholders from our smallest through to the major corporates are competently represented via the RVA.