News & Views

Our Spokespeople

As one of South Australia’s most trusted and respected organisations, RAA has a number of credible spokespeople available to provide independent media commentary on a range of issues affecting our members.

To arrange an interview with any of the spokespeople below, contact RAA’s Media Line on 8202 8111.

Mark Borlace  

Senior Manager Mobility & Automotive Policy

Mark Borlace

Having worked in RAA’s technical department for 30 years, RAA’s Senior Manager Mobility and Automotive Policy, Mark Borlace, has a wealth of knowledge on a range of motoring related issues and is a well-regarded commentator in the industry.

 

 

Media expertise:

  • ANCAP – new vehicle crash testing program
  • Australia's Best Cars Chief Judge
  • New vehicle assessments
  • Vehicle maintenance, standards, specifications, testing
  • Vehicle theft and security
  • Climate change and emissions management
  • Electric vehicles and new vehicle technology
  • Traffic congestion
  • Mobility needs and issues for all road users

 

Penny Gale 

General Manager Public Affairs

Penny Gale

As RAA’s General Manager Public Affairs, Penny has considerable experience in working with and in the media. Having represented organisations in the private and not for profit sector in the media, Penny also spent seven years working as a producer, presenter, and in marketing and public relations for ABC radio.

 

Media expertise:

  • Advocacy
  • Government submission
  • Policy positions
  • Federal and State road funding
  • Mobility challenges for South Australia

 

Charles Mountain 

Senior Manager Road Safety

Charles Mountain

Having worked in traffic management in local government for more than 20 years, RAA's Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain, has a great deal of experience in traffic and parking issues that impact on all motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians.

 


Media expertise:

  • Road safety
  • Road rules
  • Highway surveys and road audits
  • Transport funding and taxation
  • Travel behaviour
  • Issues facing younger and older drivers 

 

Ben Nottage

Senior Manager Secure Services

Ben Nottage

As RAA’s security expert, Ben Nottage provides comment on industry trends, issues and our RAA's security research. He is a member of ASIAL and RAA's master security license holder.

 

 

 

Media expertise:

  • Commercial security advice including anti-robbery, shoplifting protection
  • Home security advice, innovations in alarm technology, monitored systems
  • Comment on crime statistics, trends, CCTV, licensing issues and the NBN
  • Growth of personal alert systems for retirees (to raise help in an emergency)

 

Chris West 

Senior Analyst

Chris West

With a background in fuel as well as policy and research, Chris West is a knowledgeable source on current fuel pricing and issues, and policy matters affecting SA motorists.

 

 



Media expertise:

  • South Australian petroleum market and industry
  • Metropolitan and regional petrol pricing
  • Fuel supplies and distribution and petrol pricing

 

Anthony Hunter

Travel - International

Anthony Hunter

After many years as a travel consultant, Anthony Hunter now works in travel team management at RAA. He is passionate about all things travel having traversed the globe multiple times and specialises in international travel advice.


 

  

Media expertise:

  • International travel
  • Cruising
  • Popular destinations, attractions and travel trends
  • Airlines, visas and travel tips

  

John Pedler  

Travel - Road and Domestic

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Travel has been integral in John Pedler’s career which has spanned employment as an accommodation assessor, guide, and many years as a map researcher for regional and metropolitan Australia. He has travelled extensively in outback Australia and now works as RAA’s travel blogger.

 

 

 Media expertise:

  • Road travel including 4WD and outback
  • Popular destinations, attractions and travel trends
  • Adventure tourism

  

Hayley Cain

Senior Manager Insurance Claims

Hayley Cain

Hayley Cain is a South Australian insurance expert who specialises in claims management. 

 

 

 

 

  Media expertise:

  • Advise about home, content, car, caravan, boat and pet insurance
  • Insurance industry trends and changes

  • Statistics based on SA claims data (in certain circumstances)

  • Scams, security and insurance tips
 

Shaun Ryan

Senior Manager Product and Pricing - Insurance

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Shaun Ryan has worked in the financial services sector for over 27 years - the last 16 spent in senior insurance roles. 

 

 

 

 


  Media expertise:

  • Personal lines insurance

  • Insurance pricing

  • Insurance products

  • Industry issues

 

Graeme O'Dea

Senior Motoring Road Rules Consultant

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Having spent the majority of his 45 plus working years dealing with motoring law, RAA Senior Motoring Road Rules Consultant Graeme O’Dea has a wealth of knowledge relating to the Road Traffic Act, Australian Road Rules, the Motor Vehicles Act and supporting legislation. Graeme also provides advice on motoring matters to RAA members on a daily basis.

Media expertise:

  • Road rules
  • Road safety
  • Vehicle crashes
  • Registration and licensing
  • Second Hand Vehicle Dealers Act
  • Court procedures

 

Ben Haythorpe

Senior Manager Community Education

Ben Haythorpe

RAA’s Senior Manager Community Education Ben Haythorpe has more than 25 years’ experience in education, as a former Primary School teacher and Principal. Ben can provide information on a range of RAA’s education programs and the importance of road safety education for younger road users.

 

 

Media expertise:

  • Education for younger drivers
  • RAA Education Programs: Street Smart High, Street Smart Primary

 

Belinda Maloney

Education Programs Coordinator 

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Belinda Maloney has around 15 years’ experience in fitting child restraints. She also provides advice on the correct use of child restraints and the legalities around transporting children in cars. Belinda can also provide information on a range of RAA’s education programs and the importance of road safety education for older road users. 

 

Media expertise:

  • Child restraints
  • Education for older drivers 
  • RAA Education Programs: Years Ahead, CarFit

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