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.
Jacqueline Ronchi – President
B.Sc (Mathematics), Grad Dip (Business), GAICD
Member of RAC Council, RAC Member & Policy Committee, Director of RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd, and former chair of the RAC Group Audit and Risk Committee. Member of Catholic Development Fund Committee and Catholic Archdiocesan Finance Council, and a member of the 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 AM – Senior Vice President
BSc, MSc (Hons), Dip Sec Tchg, Dip Rec & Spt, Grad Dip Ed Admin, PhD, GAICD
Member of RAC Council, RAC Member & Policy Committee and Chair, RAC Heritage Committee. Advisor; UNESCO Global Geoparks; Member; World Commission on Protected Areas; Founding Member; International Cruise Research Society; Advisor; Australian Cruise Association; Chair; Destination Perth; Chair; Cruise Western Australia; Vice President; Geoparks WA; Member, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education Board, Ambassador; WA Parks Foundation; Ambassador; The Bell Tower Perth. Ross is a life member of both Ecotourism Australia and the Forum Advocating Cultural & Eco Tourism in Western Australia.
Ross is Emeritus Professor at Edith Cowan University. He works internationally in the development of travel and tourism, especially in the areas of geotourism, ecotourism, cruise ship tourism and regional development. Ross was awarded the OAM in 2011 and the AM in 2019. He was also the winner of the Sir David Brand Medal at the WA Tourism Awards in 2019 for his lifetime contribution to the tourism industry.
John Driscoll – Vice President
John Driscoll BEcon, MBA, FAICD
Elected to Council 2018, John is recognised as one of Western Australia’s leading marketing professionals, best known for a thirty-year career leading Marketforce, which was at the time, WA’s most successful communications agency. On leaving Marketforce, John joined Seven West Media (WA) as managing director, before establishing Longreach Consulting, a specialist media consulting business.
Throughout his career John has worked as an advisor to some of Western Australia’s leading brands as well as working across a range of public health and public education initiatives.
Since joining the RAC Council in 2018, John has been elected to the position of Vice President and as a member of the RAC Member & Policy Committee. He has also been appointed as Chair of the Sponsorship Committee.
John is currently Chair of Screenwest and is also a member of the Board of accounting firm BDO (WA).
Tony Evans – Immediate Past President
BBus, DipEd, FCPA, FCIS, FGIA, FAICD
Member of RAC Council and RAC Sponsorship Committee, RAC Honorary Life Member, non-executive director of St Ives Group Pty Ltd and member of St Ives Group Audit and Risk Committee. Tony has been a member of other boards, including the Australian Automobile Association, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, Swan River Trust, Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd, Local Government Insurance Scheme, Noongar Advisory Company Ltd and Central Regional TAFE.
Tony has commercial, financial and corporate governance experience in the health, education, insurance, aged care, property, resources, government and not-for-profit sectors. His business career includes executive appointments with Chevron Corporation, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Iluka Resources Ltd, Murdoch University and WA Petroleum Pty Ltd.
BA; LLB (UWA)
Elected member RAC Council (November 2019). Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA (Feb 1995). Member of the Law Society of WA and Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA).
Leanne is a practising lawyer with 25 years’ experience in insurance law and litigation. Her primary focus is in the area of liability and damages for personal injuries claims arising from motor vehicle crashes. She is a founding Partner in a boutique insurance law firm which she has managed and practised in for the past 17 years. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate in a large independent WA law firm. She has previous corporate governance experience in the not for profit sector, having been on the Board of a professional performing arts company for 7 years, including two as Chair.
Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education UWA
Member of RAC Council and the Executive Director of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority which is responsible for curriculum, standards, testing and WACE examinations 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.
EdD GradDipHSc BEd, FAHMS GAICD
Donna Cross is a behavioural scientist and Professor with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia and Head of the Health Promotion and Education research program at the Telethon Kids Institute. She leads a large team of researchers and practitioners who develop and test strategies to promote children’s and adolescents’, and their families’ health, safety, and wellbeing.
In 2020 she was appointed Western Australian Node Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; a seven-year $32m project focussed on producing and trialling innovative policy and practice to address deep and persistent disadvantage and improving life-course outcomes for Australian children and families.
Donna has been a strong advocate for children’s and other vulnerable road users’ safety throughout her career. This research tested road-safety initiatives to support children and families, and influenced government action, such as the introduction of 40km/hour zones around WA schools.
In recognition of her contribution to children’s health research, Donna was awarded the 2012 WA Australian of the Year Award and received the Future Justice Prize for Australian leadership and initiative in the advancement of future justice.
As a volunteer for many health and education organisations, Donna actively supports the safety and wellbeing of all road users. She has served as a non-executive director on not-for-profit boards for 17-years and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
B. App. Sc. (Psychology), Grad. Dip Psychology (Counselling), Grad. Dip. Curriculum and Educational Technology. MAICD
Member of RAC Council since November 1995 with the position of President from 2005-2007 and President of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) from 2008-2010. Freda holds membership of Australasian Collect of Road Safety, Soroptimist International South Perth, the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, Women in Super, Business Chicks, Citizen Network International and Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Freda holds the positions of Client Services and Strategy Director of a Tax Accounting and Financial Planning firm and the Director of a ‘in-house’ finance/mortgage broker firm. She was appointed to the Board of Injury Matters in November 2019.
Freda has served as a board member and Chairperson of both Therapy Focus Inc. and People Learn Productions Inc., a Lotterywest Commissioner, member of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Mercedes College Advisory Council (Deputy Chair), and of the Road Trauma Support WA (RTSWA) Steering Committee and Stakeholder Reference Group.
She was a registered Psychologist in WA in the 1980s-1990s and a Program Manager with the Disability Services Commission until the early 2000s. She has extensive knowledge, experience and insight in governance, strategy and service delivery across a diverse range of organisations, at a local, state and national level, with a focus on social justice, disability, road safety, community development, client-consumer engagement and financial services.
MPH, BAppSc, GDipEd, GDipHthSc. GAICD.
Jill was elected to RAC Council in 2001 and is a member of the Heritage Committee. These roles support RAC’s Vision for a safer, sustainable and connected future for WA. The governance roles provide oversight and contribute to RAC public policy, advocacy, education, and member benefits, providing value to RAC members.
Jill has a Ministerial appointment to the Road Safety Council, as Deputy Road User representative, supporting the current “Driving Change 2020-2030 Road Safety Strategy”. This role provides governance of the Road Trauma Trust Fund; as well as promoting active transport, support for vulnerable road users and motorist to eliminate death and serious injury on our roads.
Jill has a Masters in Public Health and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Science at Edith Cowan University. She champions safer, healthier communities by strengthening partnerships and governance opportunities with all levels of Government, including as a member of City of Stirling Road Safety Advisory Committee. She is a Zontian with Perth Northern Suburbs and Honorary Life Member of WA Health Promoting Schools Assoc.
Elected member RAC Council (2020).
Stephen has worked as an electrician, an entrepreneur of a kit car manufacturing business, and manager of recreational vehicle R&D activities. Stephen has been an active and supportive RAC member since 1973, and has experienced the RAC sponsored rescue helicopters first-hand in his capacity as a Volunteer Ambulance Officer.
Stephen has previously held committee positions with the MG Car Club, WA Sporting Car Club, been the State Council Chair and Board member of Motorsport Australia, served three terms as a Councillor of the Shire of Mundaring (including its Audit & Risk, Grants, Environmental, and Bushfire and Local Emergency Management Committees), and had Ministerial appointment to the Road Safety Council.
B Bus, FCA
Member RAC Council. Director RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd, RAC Insurance Pty Ltd, St Ives Group (Chair), Enrich Health Group Pty Ltd and RAC Finance Ltd.
Member Remuneration and Nomination Committee for RACWA Holdings. Credit Committee for RAC Finance. Investment Committee, Board Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee for RAC Insurance.
Dalton is currently the Senior Partner of Gooding Partners Chartered Accountants and was previously a Partner of EY for 14 years. He holds a number of company board positions.
M.TrgDev, BA(Educ), GradDipHRD, GradDipArts(Counselling), GradCertCareerDev, AdvDipOHS, DipFronMngt, DipMngt(Learning), DipTrgAss, CertIVTAE40110
Brian’s working career has been centred around education including adult education in the area of behavioural safety training in industries characterised as 'high risk'. This included working offshore on oil & gas platforms, delivering the WorkSafe WA 'Safety Representatives’ course’ as well as a wide range of accredited safety training for mine-site operations in the NW of WA.
Brian was formerly a Community Representative on the MRWA ‘Bunbury Outer Ring Road’ project and a member of several Department of Transport/MRWA ‘safety related’ committees when he was working for a WA Transport Association.
EMBA, GAICD, BA(Arts)
Appointed to RAC Council in July 2021, Jody has experience in reporting to and advising Boards, Councils and Committees as a leader and Non-Executive Director. She has recent NED experience as a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee at Ronald McDonald House and an on the Advisory Committee for St Johns Giving.
Jody is a Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director with experience in the arts sector with roles at Perth and Edinburgh Festivals and the Victoria & Albert Museum in UK; Government agencies Lotterywest and ScreenWest; membership organisations as the past State Manager at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and now leading the state’s peak body for Reconciliation.
MBA, MSc (Eng), BSc (Eng), MIEAust.
Member of RAC Council, RAC Member & Policy Committee, Institution of Engineers Australia. Past member of Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (UK) and Institute of Transportation (USA). Member of the WA Committee of Transport Australia Society (TAs) of Engineers Australia.
Emmerson has over 40 years’ experience in traffic engineering and transport planning with State Governments, Local Governments and as a transport planning consultant. As Director of Metropolitan Transport with the WA Department of Transport, he was responsible for the development of policies and strategies for Perth. 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.
James (Jim) Walker
Jim has been a member of the RAC Council since 2019 and a Board member of RACWA Holdings since 2013 and has over 45 years of experience in the resources, construction, and agriculture sector, working with Caterpillar dealerships WesTrac and Hastings Deering and Morgan Equipment.
Jim is currently Non-Executive Chair of Austin Engineering Ltd, Mader Group, MLG Oz (recently ASX listed) and Chair of the Western Australia State Training Board. Jim is a Non-Executive Director of M G Kailis Pty Ltd and Chair of Motor Museum of WA (since 2018) a not-for-profit entity.
Jim was formerly Non-Executive Chair of Macmahon Holdings Limited, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of WesTrac Pty Ltd. He was formerly National President of Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and AIM Western Australia.
Jim is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Jim’s focus on Apprentices and training was recognised when he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Diggers & Dealers in August 2014.
To find out more about RAC's councillors, please contact Jayne Taylor, Executive Assistant, Corporate - Advocacy & Members, on +61 8 9436 4528 or via email email@example.com.