Pieter came to Australia from the Netherlands in 1988 and found work in a management role with John Deere after first working in a similar role with Spearwood Agriculture Supplies. He eventually joined his brother in law as a partner in Leeder Services, a cleaning services company.
He has served on a number of committees and boards including Armadale Region Business Association (‘Business Armadale’) with Rod Ross. It was through his connection with Rod that he was invited to join the YAL board.
Chantal was appointed to the YAL board in 2015.
She has almost 20 years’ experience in corporate operations roles in oil and gas, mining and aviation.
She is currently working in the Qantas Group, after having previously held roles across regulatory compliance, human resources, safety and training for a number of leading companies in Australia.
Her interest in the YAL stems from her family roots that saw her be part of the YAL ‘family’ before she became an active member of the YAL board.
Margriet joined the YAL Board in 2018.
Margriet is a qualified Project Manager and currently working for Schindler Lifts Australia. She previously worked for John Laing on the Optus Stadium project, where her focus was on Corporate Social Responsibility projects, including major sponsorship deals, as well as the Business Class partner programme with the Australian Business and Community Network and Girrawheen Senior High School. Via this relationship Margriet was introduced to the Young Australia League and did not hesitate to become a Board Director when invited.
Before joining John Laing, Margriet worked for the RAC in Perth, the BBC and Cartus in the UK and started her career in the Netherlands in project/admin coordinator roles.
In her spare time, Margriet volunteers for the local community in the Perth hills where she lives with her husband and their dog. She is also involved with dog rescue organisations throughout WA.
Mick was born in August 1955 in Swan Districts Hospital Middle Swan WA, the eldest of four boys and one girl.
Mick has been married to Julie for 36 years and they have one son David (33). Mick and Julie have lived in Beechboro for 25 years.
Mick’s first job was in BOANS at the age of 14, joining the Army at 17 in 1972 serving over 20 years and taking discharge in 1994.
He served a further 12 years in the Army Reserve, only leaving after he was elected as Councillor with the City of Swan in 2005. Mick was on the City of Swan Council for just over 12 years (until 2017) and served as Deputy Mayor for 6 years and 2 years as Mayor.
Mick has been involved in many community groups including RoadWise, President Altone Youth Service, youth programs, neighbourhood watch and the board of the local college.
Mick joined the Lions Club of Noranda in 1999 and has held various positions at the club, it was through Lions that Mick become aware of YAL and joined them in 2019.
Currently a director and past Vice Chair of the both the YAL board and the YAL Trust board. Rod also chairs the Educational Grants Advisory Committee, which helped see the inaugural 2015 scholarship program successfully launched.
He has been a member of the YAL board since 2001. His interest in the YAL commenced soon after his appointment as General Manager of the Araluen Botanical Park Foundation in 1999 due to the park’s YAL origins. At its 2019 Annual General Meeting, Rod was awarded Life Membership of the YAL.
He has been married to Gail for 48 years and boasts a son, Chris, and grandchildren, Nicholas and Madison; as well as two step-grandchildren, Callum and Caitlin. Since retiring from Araluen and the board of Armadale Region Business Association (‘Business Armadale’) in 2014, he has more time to indulge his passion of the YAL, motoring, travel, gardening, home improvements and relaxing. He is excited about the prospects for the YAL and is committed to being a part of building its future.