Governance

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

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 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 - Stephen Jones

Stephen has been General Manager of Europcar New Zealand since October 2014. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2014 he worked for 20 years in the car rental industry in the U.K and Australia. He enjoys the competitiveness of the New Zealand market and is excited about the future challenges for our industry, as people’s rental vehicle needs change.

Council Member - Karl Norton

As General Manager of ACE Rental Cars, Karl employs his commercial experience gained in senior positions with the likes of SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Tourism Holdings Limited and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He is also a CA with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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.