Find out more about the RAC's councillors who are working for a better WA. Our councillors help to guide and direct the RAC as we serve our members and work for a better WA.

Tony Evans

Tony Evans – President


Chairman of RAC Council and RAC Club Board, member of RAC Sponsorship Committee, non-executive director of the Australian Automobile Association and non-executive director of St Ives Group Pty Ltd, and chairman of the St Ives Group Audit and Risk Committee. He has a number of other board positions including board member of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, non-executive director of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Tony has commercial and corporate governance experience in the resources, education, health, property and not-for-profit sectors. His business career includes executive management appointments with Chevron Corporation, the Perth Diocesan Trustees, Iluka Resources Ltd, Murdoch University and WA Petroleum Pty Ltd.


Jacqueline Ronchi

Jacqueline Ronchi – Senior Vice President

B.Sc (Mathematics), Grad Dip (Business), GAICD

Member of RAC Council, RAC Club Board, chair of the RAC Group Audit and Risk Committee. Member of St Peter’s Finance Committee, Catholic Development Fund Committee and Association of School Business Administrators.

Jacqueline has a background in information technology and financial management. She specialises in financial consultancy and data analysis in the education sector.


Professor Ross Dowling OAM - Vice President

BSc, MSc (Hons), Dip Sec Tchg, Dip Rec & Spt, Grad Dip Ed Admin, PhD, GAICD

Member of RAC Council, RAC Club Board and Chair of RAC Heritage Committee. Advisor to UNESCO Global Geoparks; member of World Commission on Protected Areas; founding member of International Cruise Research Society, Advisor to Australian Cruise Association; chair of Cruise Western Australia, chair of Great South West Edge National Landscape; member of Conservation & Parks Commission of Western Australia,  member of Australia’s Coral Coast Tourism Board, ambassador of WA Parks Foundation and a Squad Patrol of Western Australia Police Academy. He is a life member of both Ecotourism Australia and the Forum Advocating Cultural & Eco Tourism in Western Australia.

Ross is Foundation Professor of Tourism & Hospitality in the School of Business & Law at Edith Cowan University. He works internationally in the development of travel and tourism, especially in the areas of ecotourism, cruise ship tourism and geotourism.


Esme Bowen

Esme Bowen – Immediate Past President

B Sc (Nursing), FAICD

Member of RAC Council and Chair of the RAC Sponsorship Committee. Previous Director of Australian Automobile Association. Chair of the Carers Advisory Council reporting to the Minister. Director of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund and foundation member of the Children’s Hospital Alumni of Western Australia. Community representative to the Ministers Community Reference Group on Volunteering. Life member of Wheelchair Sports WA. Member of the EUC Alumni, PMH Ex Trainees Association and Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. 


Esme has been a company director of, and remains involved in, a Perth-based family surf business. She has been involved in tourism and hospitality ventures in the Kimberley region of WA. Esme has almost 30 years of nursing and disability experience and has worked as a community road safety advocate for many years.


Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks

B Sc, B Psych, MBA, FAICD

Member of RAC Council, director of RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd and RAC Finance Limited, and alternate director for RAC Insurance Pty Ltd. Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, chairman of the Investment Committee and IT Committee and member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee for RACWA Holdings. Director of Mercy Care Ltd.

Dennis has been a director of several other boards in the finance and e-commerce sector, including iiNet Limited, Benchmark Debtor Finance Pty Ltd, Auto Credit Finance Pty Ltd and Electrolley Pty Ltd. Prior to this, Dennis spent 12 years creating, developing and managing ASGARD Capital Management Ltd, which was purchased by St George Bank in 1998.


Allan Blagaich

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education UWA

Member of RAC Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority which is responsible for curriculum, standards, testing and WACE examination for all students in Western Australia.

Allan has extensive experience in secondary education and prior to his current appointment was the Executive Director Statewide Planning and also the Executive Director Metropolitan Schools for the Department of Education. Allan was previously principal at Melville Senior High School, where he was awarded Rotary Principal of the Year in 2006. In 2007 Allan was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate interventions for schools deemed to be facing challenging circumstances.


Freda Crucitti

Freda Crucitti

 B. App. Sc. (Psychology), Grad. Dip Psychology (Counselling), Grad. Dip. Curriculum and Educational Technology. MAICD

Member of RAC Council since 1995 with the position of President from 2005-2007 and President of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) from 2007-2009. Currently is the alternate member to the RAC Sponsorship Committee. She holds membership of the 33900: The Australian Road Safety Collaboration, Australasian College of Road Safety, Injury Matters, the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, Women in Super and Citizen Network International. 

Freda serves as a member of the Road Trauma Support WA Stakeholder Reference Group and the Mercedes College Advisory Council (Deputy Chair).Freda holds the position of Client Services and Strategy Director of a Tax Accounting and Financial Planning firm and is the Director of a ‘in-house’ finance/mortgage broker firm.She has served as a board member and Chairperson of Therapy Focus Inc. and People Learn Productions Inc., Lotterywest Commissioner and is a member of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC).

She has extensive experience and insight in governance and strategy across a diverse range of organisations with a focus on social justice, disability, road safety, and community development and in recent years financial services.


Jill Darby

Jill Darby

MPH, BAppSc, GDipEd, GDipHthSc. GAICD.

RAC Councillor since 2001, member of the Heritage Committee and Club Board. This role supports the RAC Mobility agenda, where public policy, advocacy, education and member benefits drive the value of RAC membership and support the WA community.

Jill has a ministerial appointment, since 2007 to the Road Safety Council as Road User representative and contributed to the development of the current WA Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy 2008-2020. This role provides oversight and governance of the Road Trauma Trust Fund and advocates for vulnerable road users and implementation of the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy.

Jill is currently a Public Health Lecturer and Health Science Coordinator in the School of Medical and Health Science at Edith Cowan University. She has also worked across all levels of Government and NGO agencies where she has gained leadership, strategy and research experiences supporting health promotion, education, healthy workplaces and injury control.

Dalton Gooding

Dalton Gooding

B Bus, FCA

Member RAC Council, director RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd, RAC Finance Limited and RAC Insurance Pty Ltd. Member Remuneration and Nomination Committee for RACWA Holdings, Due Diligence Committee and Credit Committee for RAC Finance, Investment Committee, Board Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee for RAC Insurance. Chairman St Ives Group Pty Ltd.

Dalton is currently managing partner of Gooding Partners Chartered Accountants, and was previously a partner of Ernst and Young for 14 years. He holds a number of public and private company board positions including chairman of Brierty Limited, Cooling Brothers Glass Company, Ruthinium Group and TFS Corporation Limited. He is also a director of Ronald McDonald House Perth.


Alden Halse

Alden Halse


Member RAC Council and past president, chairman RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd, RAC Finance Limited and RAC Insurance Pty Ltd. Member Group Audit and Risk Committee and Investment Committee for RACWA Holdings, Credit Committee for RAC Finance, and Investment Committee, Board Audit Committee, Board Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee for RAC Insurance. Member Australian Institute of Credit Management and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia. Member Australian Institute of Company Directors for approximately 25 years.

Alden is a chartered accountant and an official liquidator, bankruptcy trustee and registered company auditor. He was a founding partner of the Perth office of Ferrier Hodgson, Chartered Accountants. Alden is also a non-executive director of IMF (Bentham) Limited and has been a director of various other public companies.


Murray Lampard APM

BA, Dip Ed,MBA, Grad Dip in Bus, Mgt, Exec L/Ship, Applied Mgt, Policing, Crim Investigations. 

Member of the RAC Council, National Vice Chair - Defence Reserves Support Council, Patron - Homicide Victims Support Group, Patron - United Nations Overseas Police Association, past Independent Chair - Road Safety Council WA and Retired WA Deputy Police Commissioner.

Murray has extensive experience in Public and Road Safety, Corporate Governance, Management and Executive Leadership. He is an Executive Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and FBI Quantico, USA.


Emmerson Richardson

Emmerson Richardson

MBA, MSc (Eng), BSc (Eng) MIEAust, MIHT.

Member of RAC Council, RAC Club Board, Institution of Engineers Australia, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (UK).

Member of Reshaping and Revitalising Committee of Committee for Perth. Member of the Advocacy & Campaigning Advisory Group of Bicycling Western Australia.

Emmerson has over 40 years’ experience in traffic engineering and transport planning with State Governments, Local Governments and as a consultant. He has assisted governments, industry and professional groups to review and develop transport policy and has presented widely on sustainable mobility management and related topics. Emmerson is a past chairperson of the Institution of Engineers’ National Committee on Transport.


Tim Shanahan

Tim Shanahan 


Member of RAC Council, director of RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd and RAC Finance Ltd. Member of the Investment Committee for RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd.

Tim is a director and adviser. He is Principal Advisor at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and formerly founding director of the UWA Energy and Minerals Institute. Currently he is Chairman of WA Super. He has previously been Chairman of the WA Regional Development Trust, the chief executive of the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy and the executive director of the WA Municipal Association. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service to local government. Tim has also been the recipient of a Centenary Medal in April 2003 and the WA Gas Industry Development Award in 2007.


Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner

LLB Hons (Law), MBA (Business Administration), Dip Project Management, PRINCE 2 Practitioner, (MSP) Practitioner.

Member of the RAC Council.  Chris has a diverse background that includes military service before moving into the commercial arena. His commercial experience includes working within Financial Services, Consulting and the Oil & Gas industries leading a wide range of projects and programs that cover people, process and technology change.   He is also the President of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association.


Julie Wadley

Julie Wadley

Cert Psychology, GAICD

Member RAC Council, RAC Club Board and Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers. Director Capricorn Society Limited and Selvas Pty Ltd trading as Wadley’s Panel Beaters.

Julie has over 40 years’ experience in the motor industry, and owns and runs a smash repair business. She has been a board member of the Motor Trades Association since 1999, a member of the Body Repair Division since 1997, and past chairperson. Julie has been past president and secretary of Rotary. She is a contributor to the Red Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital, Volunteer Fire Fighters, Police Down Under and various other not-for-profit organisations.

To find out more about RAC's councillors, please contact Jayne Taylor, Executive Assistant Corporate – Advocacy & Member Benefits, on +61 8 9436 4528 or via email



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