Who’s Who in 22, Business: Marlene Newcombe

Published 12:15am 3 December 2022

Who’s Who in 22, Business: Marlene Newcombe
Words by Moreton Daily

Village Motors Managing Director Marlene Newcombe has been on the board of the Dolphins NRL club in 2022, overseeing its development as it prepares to debut in the NRL, while continuing to grow her high-profile business.

Marlene was appointed to the Dolphins NRL board in October 2021 in the wake of the Australian Rugby League Commission awarding the club the 17th NRL licence on October 13, 2021.

It followed an intense bid process driven by the board and incoming Dolphins NRL CEO Terry Reader.

Since then, the board has appointed Super Coach Wayne Bennett as Head Coach, signed players to build a club for not just its foundation year but also for the future, and recruited an off-field team to support their success.

Marlene was appointed to the board because of her long-standing connection to the club as sponsor and supporter, and her business acumen.

In September 2022, Village Motors announced it would take the next step with the Dolphins to the NRL, inking a three-year partnership.

The business is the Official Motor Vehicle Partner and its logo is now displayed on players’ training uniforms.

Village Motors has supported the Redcliffe Dolphins for more than 20 years. Marlene has been involved with the club since her son played under-7s about 50 years ago.

She is now also a foundation Glasshouse member and looking forward to round one kick-off in March 2023.

Off the footy field, Marlene and the Village Motors team have continued to grow the business adding the brands RAM and LDV to the fold in November, 2022.

The new additions broaden the business’s offering, opening up new markets and appealing to a bigger customer base.

About Marlene Newcombe

For more than 50 years, Village Motors has been selling and servicing new and used vehicles in Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region.

Marlene was one of the first female motor dealers in Australia and has been involved in the industry since she was 18 years of age.

Since 1990, Village Motors has won Holden Grand Masters, Nissan Dealer Excellence and Dealer of the Year for Renault.

Marlene believes in giving back to the community and, as a result, has supported many sporting clubs and community groups during that time.

Village Motors employs and manages more than 100 local staff. Marlene leads a high-performing team and has developed key personnel as a result over many years.

She has also forged strong connections in the community.

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