Meet the Board
David Spear is an experienced Company Director and Governance Consultant. He is currently a Director of VUCA Pty Ltd, Independent Chairman SMSF Remuneration and Nominations Committee, Non Executive Director of Gelganyum Ltd and Non Executive Director of Kilkayi Ltd, Independent Chairman Basketball Adelaide and Chairman of the Free Throw Foundation.
He spent 8 years as SA/NT State Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, learning and developing his unique skills to assist Boards and Company's in Corporate Governance and Board Performance Evaluation.
David has over 25 years’ experience in commercial business management, and brings tremendous expertise in corporate governance, ethics, strategy and decision making. In November 2013, David attended the Harvard Business School, in Boston Massachusetts, where he studied Board Governance.
David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Alumni member of Harvard Business School.
Melissa is an independent company director and commercial lawyer. She is currently Deputy Chair and a Director of the national motorsport organisation, Karting Australia; and Chair of the company’s Governance, Finance and Risk Management Committee. Melissa holds a position on the Federal Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s Advisory Council.
Principal of Sloan Holzberger Lawyers, Melissa has extensive experience in advising multinational and Australian corporations on all legal, commercial and strategic aspects of projects and business operations. In addition, she regularly advises on corporate governance, risk management and compliance.
In 2006 Melissa was awarded the Telstra SA Young Business Woman of the Year. She holds a Master of Laws in Resources Law (Distinction) as a Chevening scholar from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee in Scotland; a Diploma in International Nuclear Law (Hons) as an OECD Nuclear Energy Agency scholar from the University of Montpellier in France; and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide. Melissa is a graduate and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Lawrie De La Rue
Lawrie De La Rue has worked in the tyre industry since 1965 and in 1975 he established his own family business. He remains actively involved in tyre retailing and has spent many years on the VTDA committee, including several years as Vice President.
In addition to wealth of his retail experience, Lawrie has a long history in tyre distribution. He began importing Hankook tyres in 1980 and became the sole distributor for Victoria/Tasmania for over 15 years. Lawrie pioneered the marketing of the Hankook brand and became one of the most successful independent Hankook distributors globally.
Lawrie was a foundation member of the Australian Tyre Importers Group which later became the Australian Tyre Industry Council. He remains focused on improving on his considerable industry knowledge and sharing that knowledge with his peers.
His dedication and commitment to the tyre industry continues with his current work in establishing “TYRESMART”; a retail tyre store concept focusing on precision tyrecare.
Peter was the Executive Director of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association for more than 10 years, up until December 2013. During this time he was instrumental in helping with the development of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme that is now in place, always focussed on ensuring that it is credible, transparent and reflects the best interests of all key stakeholders without unduly favouring any one single interest.
Peter has an extensive history in developing and implementing highly strategic industry programs in his 35+ years’ career, initially with the Federal Government and over the last 25 years with a vast variety of industry sectors. In addition, he has a proven expertise in helping a diverse range of small to medium sized businesses implementing strategic new growth strategies and has been responsible for initiating and facilitating a series of collaborative research projects between key supply chain partners and relevant research organisations.
Peter has a Bachelor of Economics from the ANU and in addition to being a Director with Tyre Stewardship Australia, he is also a member of various other Boards and Committees including with the Australian Textiles Technologies and Innovation Centre, the Furniture Cabinets Joinery Alliance, RMIT University’s School of Fashion & Textiles Industry Advisory Group, and the Mining and Textiles Collaborative Industry Network.
Alan is the Customer Engineering Manager for Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Australia (GDTA) a position he has held for the last 15 years and is responsible for product performance / government compliance across all tyre categories except Earthmover and Aviation. As well as being a director of Tyre Stewardship Australia, he is the GDTA representative on the Australian Tyre Industry Council (ATIC) and trucking associations ATA ITC and ARTSA.
Alan has worked in the tyre industry for over 40 years, previously working for Pirelli (UK), General Tyre (Zambia) and Bridgestone (South Australia). He joined Goodyear in 1988 as an automotive engineer and has worked in a variety of tyre engineering roles in his time with the company and has been a regular visitor to the technical centres in Luxembourg, Akron and Hanou.
Steve has worked for Yokohama Tyre Australia for 19 years, as General Manager for the last 14 years.
As part of this role is the responsibility for the company’s governance and compliance across many aspects of the business.
Steve has been involved at all levels of the tyre Industry and he has held many positions ranging from tyre fitting, retail store management, State management through to general management.
Andrew is Managing Director of Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew was appointed Managing Director in January 2013, the first non-Japanese head of Australian & NZ operations since Bridgestone took over Uniroyal in 1980. He is committed to Bridgestone’s global Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, which include environmental best practice, safety of operations, and giving back to society through support of the Leukaemia Foundation in Australia and Breast Cancer Foundation in NZ.
In his 21 years with Bridgestone, Andrew has helped oversee expansion, the introduction of more female-friendly stores and the closure of Bridgestone's tyre factory in Salisbury, SA, in April 2010.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant.
David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tyrepower in 2010.
After graduating with a Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Monash University, David has worked in many roles in retail over the last thirty years in Australia and New Zealand.
He has held senior roles in supermarkets, general merchandise, cosmetics and more recently the tyre industry. David is also a director of a lean manufacturing business supplying parts to leading OEM’s.
Justin has been with Michelin for eleven years and has been based both in Australia and overseas. He is currently responsible for the Motorcycle product line for Oceania, along with management of Public Affairs.
Justin was previously Chief Financial Officer for Michelin's Oceania entities for over six years.
Silvio de Denaro
Silvio is a graduate of the University of Sussex (UK) with a thesis on Issues of Integration of the European Aerospace Industry.
He has held a number of senior management positions in Sales and Marketing especially in the Aviation and Automotive sectors and has been directly involved in tyres since 1983 as Australian CEO for a major manufacturer.
Silvio has been personally involved with Government and other major stakeholders contributing to the development of the Product Stewardship Scheme culminating with the related granting of ACCC authorisations in April 2013