Governing Councillors and MTA NSW Management

Governing Councillors

MTA NSW Executive Board and Governing Councillors

The MTA NSW Executive Board consists of 10 representatives elected by the Governing Council to serve on the Executive Board for a fixed term. The Executive Board meets on a regular basis and is responsible for monitoring the Associations financial, strategic and governance key objectives to ensure that the issues of members and the automotive industry are being served.

Elections for the Executive Board and Governing Council are conducted every two years. The Governing Council provides a forum for the reviewing of general matters relating to the automotive industry, trade divisions and relevant policies. The Council also acts as a conduit for the flow of information to, and the representation of members’ interests.

MTA NSW Management

The MTA NSW Management Team is responsible for the management and operational functions of the Association to ensure that the vision, mission and objectives, including automotive industry and member representation, is addressed.

      Stavros Yallouridis

Chief Executive Officer

Stavros has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Traders’ Association of New South Wales since September 2016.

Stavros’ career in the automotive and manufacturing industries spans more than 30 years during which he has held senior executive roles with leading Automotive Groups and National Sales Distribution Organisations.

Prior to joining MTA NSW, Stavros served as the Head of Iveco Truck Australia, manufacturing, and distribution and was the President and Managing Director for the BMW Group both in Australia and Greece for 9 years. Prior to that position he was a senior executive for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Europe for 13 years.

Stavros’ expertise and experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, start-up of national sales organisations, international business, operations, sales, large project management and IT. He has successfully led sales organisations, improving profitability and operational performance, delivering efficiencies, and increasing margins.

Stavros has had continuous success meeting business and operational goals. He has been associated with boards of management and key stakeholders within companies’ organisations and has worked jointly with business partners, stakeholders, journalists, and decision makers within his social and political environment. He also currently holds the positions of Chairman of the Automotive Training Board of NSW and CEO of Motor Trades Care.

       

Alex Kathestides
Chief Financial Officer

Alex is an accomplished executive who brings over 20 years of commercial and financial experience spanning industrial, services and retail sectors across ASX listed and Multinational companies. Since commencing his career as a Chartered Accountant, Alex has held several senior financial positions and demonstrated a clear understanding of the automotive and industrial sector, particularly through his experience as Financial Controller, Retail at Ampol Limited and as Finance Director at KONE Elevators Australia and New Zealand.

Alex is passionate in building strategies and delivering at an operational level. He builds strong commercial relationships and develops systems to deliver insights across the organisation. This was demonstrated in his most recent role within the retail sector as Chief Financial Officer at Glue Stores and Trend Imports, prior to joining the MTA NSW leadership team in October 2021.

In addition to overseeing the financial and audit functions, Alex is responsible for the Human Resources, Treasury, and Information Technology functions of the Association.

   


Stephen Jenkins
General Counsel
Head of Employment Relations

Prior to joining the MTA NSW leadership team in December 2019 as General Counsel, Stephen had over 30 years of legal and governance experience in private practice. In his career, Stephen has provided commercial and litigious advice to businesses across a range of industries from professional services to construction, insurance, manufacturing, transport, and retail.

He had a particular focus in the area of Intellectual Property and provided advice to many start-up businesses through the collaboration with Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad initiative.

Stephen held the position of Managing Partner of a mid-tier legal practice for 5 years during which time he successfully implemented a change in strategy and growth for the practice. Stephen has held several Board positions across the Construction and Not-For-Profit sectors and graduated from the AICD in 2007.

Stephen brings to MTA NSW the governance expertise required to guide the operations of the Association, along with being responsible for the Employment Relations and Divisional Manager support functions of MTA NSW.    


 

Ian Price
General Manager - RTO

Ian has over 24 years’ experience as a senior executive in the automotive industry in Australia and overseas. Early in his career, Ian was the Training Manager for Land Rover Australia after having relocated from the UK where he was Technical Trainer for Jaguar Land Rover UK. Ian held the position of General Manager at EMTEC, and as a Lecturer at Bradford and Ilkley College, both located in the UK.

Prior to joining the MTA NSW leadership team in January 2022, Ian was instrumental in the growth of Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd as a Registered Training Organisation.           As Chief Executive Officer, Ian grew his business to 70+ staff and achieved the best ‘Small Training Provider’ of the year in the 2018 NSW State Training Awards.   


Ian is responsible for managing the Registered Training Organisation and a team of over 40 Trainers to provide the necessary support to Apprentices / Trainees for employment in the motor industry, with the focus being on addressing the skills shortage.  Ian sits on the Auto
motive Training Board of NSW.

 
   


Jason Steporowski
General Manager – Membership and Sales

With a career spanning over 20 years of commercial experience, Jason has an extensive background within Sales, Business Development, and Leadership functions. He has worked with both local and international automotive brands including Volkswagen, Inchcape Australia, Audi, Peugeot, and Citroen to name a few.

Hailing from an automotive family, the motor industry has been ever present throughout Jason’s life. He commenced his career in the OEM Dealership arena and has built a career specialising in the Aftersales segment of the OEM business. Therefore, understanding the needs and behaviours of motor trade businesses has always been pivotal in achieving his goal.

Prior to Jason joining the MTA NSW leadership team in June 2022, he was employed by Volkswagen Group Australia as Group Product and Program Manager.

Jason leads the Area Managers Team which services Members across NSW and ACT and focuses on corporate membership accounts. He is supporting the development of a strong, professional team that aims to add value with every interaction to grow Members businesses.

 


Matthew Connor
General Manager – Marketing

With more than 10 years in marketing leadership and experiences spanning marketing, IT, finance, and office management, Matt has spent most of his career in the Not-For-Profit and associations sector. He is a collaborative and determined marketing professional with a reputation for building and inspiring teams to achieve their goals and love what they do.

He started his career in sports and venue marketing with Wests Ashfield Leagues and prior to joining the MTA NSW leadership team in April 2022, spent over a decade with the Australian Dental Association in various roles including General Manager, Marketing and General Manager, Corporate Services.

Matt serves on the Australian Dental Research Foundation’s Marketing and Fundraising Committee and volunteers some of his time supporting small business and community groups.

  
   

Trevor Ballantyne
General Manager - Operations
Motor Trades Care

Trevor heads up the Motor Trades Care (MTC) team and has over 20 years of experience in WHS and Return-To-Work (RTW) in a number of industries including the motor trades. Prior to joining the MTA NSW leadership team in March 2022, as part of the acquisition of MTC by MTA NSW, he has been the General Manager at MTC since early 2019.

Prior to that role, he was the National Safety and Wellbeing Manager for Kmart Tyre & Auto Service and the General Manager Group Safety, Wellbeing & Environment at the NRMA.

Trevor has a proven track record in delivering results which have positively improved the safety culture of employers he has worked with by implementing WHS and RTW programs.

 His experience forms the basis of the programs that MTC activates throughout the industry group and will dramatically change the safety performance of any organisation or group which uses the services of MTC.




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