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Greg Preston

CEO


 

I have been in the in the Motor Vehicle Repair, Insurance and Services Industry in a wide variety of roles for over 30 years.

My work experience started out with getting a trade, becoming an apprentice Panelbeater. I enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that came with fixing damaged vehicles. One of my early highlights was being part of a great team for around 10 years at a BMW manufacturer accredited repair business. I then moved on to a minor management role becoming a Cost Controller – Estimator where I learnt to manage a repair facility and competitively cost damaged motor vehicles. This role created my desire to learn more about other facets of the repair industry by dealing and liaising directly with Customers, various Insurance Companies and a wide variety of supply chain businesses.

In 2000, I joined one of Australia’s leading Insurance groups, IAG, as a NRMA Motor Repair Technician / Loss Assessor and then moved into a the role of a Motor Repair Consultant. As a MRC, I assisted in developing and improving business to business relationships, negotiating and consulting with the motor repair industry on the importance of sustainability and regulatory compliance.

In 2008, I joined the Motor Traders Association of NSW as the Senior Manager Divisional Services for the following divisions; Body Repair Division, Automotive Parts Recyclers Division and the Tow Truck Division where I built some very good relationships. Whilst at MTA NSW, I was heavily involved with government and interstate committees. I was also on the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code Administration Committee overseeing the Code.

Since my departure from MTA NSW in late 2013, I have continued my “Not For Profit” approach to the automotive repair industry by being involved in various small businesses and enterprises. In particular as a Motor Industry Advocate on behalf of the Australian Heavy Vehicle Repairers Association, (AHVRA).

2014 - The Australian Association of Progressive Repairers (AAPR)


I initially started with AAPR as a consultant to assist AAPR’s first CEO Geoff Corrigan with the day to day running of the new association. With the successful conclusion of the CEO’s core responsibilities in forming the Association and responding to the Insurance and Repair industry review, Geoff decided to step down as CEO and offered the Board his ongoing support and services which the Board accepted.
Geoff has agreed to continue as AAPR’s Senior Consultant – Special Projects and Government Relations.
After due consideration the Board accepted recommendations for its new CEO and appointed me to continue AAPR’s journey into the future.


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