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It is perhaps fitting that, in my last column as your local
Director, I can also inform Central Coast and Hunter Members
of the altering regional boundaries for the NRMA Board. This
is in accordance with changes to the NRMA Constitution,
approved at last year’s Annual General Meeting.
The changes allow for an additional two appointed directors
to join the NRMA Board alongside Rachel Botsman, who was
appointed last year. There will now be six Director Regions
(formerly eight) with the changed boundaries to come into
effect on January 1, 2018.
The makeup of the Board will remain overwhelmingly
Member-elected and our local region be well-represented by
long-standing NRMA Director Coral Taylor, who joined the
NRMA Board in 2008. Coral has over 25 years’ experience in
the motorsport industry and is a passionate campaigner on
issues around road safety, young drivers and driver training.
She will serve our region well.
As we arrive into Christmas, I wish all our Members a safe
and happy holiday. Those heading away should get their
vehicle checked before hitting the road. Visit the NRMA
website to find your local NRMA Car Servicing centre.
We know there’s plenty of focus on petrol prices over the
Christmas holiday period. The NRMA will monitor prices
closely and there are savings at the bowser to be made
through the NRMA App, which can be downloaded from the
App Store or Google Play.
I am also delighted that the NRMA has become a partner in
the Raymond Terrace Driver Training Program. We’re proud
to be providing 10 Indigenous learner drivers with NRMA
driver training lessons, setting them on the right path from
the start of their driving journey.
Thank you to all our local Members who have supported me
and the NRMA over the last 12 years. It has been an honour to
serve this great organisation.
EXCITING CHANGES IN THE YEAR AHEAD
KYLE LOADES Chairman & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
Going out on a high note
After 12 years of
dedicated service at
the NRMA, Kyle
Loades says farewell
with a proud and
I’M WRITING TO YOU for the last
time as Chairman and President of
the NRMA, as I have reached the
end of the maximum 12-year term
as a Director. I do so with a heavy
heart but also with a sense of
satisfaction at how the NRMA has
thrived over that time.
When I first joined the NRMA
Board in 2005, the organisation
was in transition after the
demutualisation of NRMA
Insurance. I ’m pleased to note
that we not only got back on track,
but we’re now clearing a new path
for the mobility sector.
To achieve this, we needed a very
special CEO to give the NRMA a new
purpose in this new century. Rohan
Lund emerged from a pack of
quality candidates to take the role,
and the change he has driven has
exceeded the Board’s expectations.
In less than two years, he has
significantly transformed the
NRMA and is now implementing a
new strategy based on the concept
of ‘my car, my journey, my
destination and my Membership’.
All these elements can be seen in
the establishment of the NRMA
electric vehicle charging network,
which is a defining piece of
investment in infrastructure that will
forever change the way Australians
move around our country.
The new approach is also
apparent in our leadership of the
rise of automation, connectivity and
sharing in mobility. For instance,
with our partners we have delivered
the first driverless vehicle project in
NSW or the ACT, and have expanded
our tourism footprint to become
one of the largest operators of
regional tourism in the country.
On this happy note, it’s time to
say goodbye. To the Board, Rohan
and the NRMA team, I express my
admiration and appreciation for
what you’ve achieved so far, the
work you do today and the success
that awaits you in the future.
I offer my humblest thanks to the
NRMA frontline team, whether on
the roadside, on a phone or in our
accommodation businesses, for the
great work you do every day and
the fine spirit in which you do so –
it’s what makes us what we are.
And to my fellow NRMA
Members, let me say what a
pleasure it has been to get to know
you and to act as a custodian of this
organisation’s proud legacy. Our
Members are the bedrock of our
mutual. Everything we do is for you.
Kyle Loades leaves the
NRMA after serving a full
and successful term.
20/10/17 6:08 pm
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