Mary is the Principal Consultant and founding Director of Hibberson Woodroffe, a commercial management consultancy dedicated to helping the construction industry, through practical advice and strategy.
Mary has 20 + years’ experience in construction, land development and infrastructure projects in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, working for family owned and tier one contractors.
Having been introduced to YAL by Margriet and looking for an opportunity to contribute to the community Mary, welcomed the opportunity to join the YAL board.
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.
Neil grew up in Sydney with his close family of 7 (5 boys – quite a crowd!). He first holidayed in WA with his partner in 1993 and when a work opportunity arose in 1995 they jumped at the chance to relocate.
He is a qualified CPA and has gained experience in manufacturing, software and legal industries. As Neil approached retirement, he sought opportunities to volunteer. He was invited onto the YAL board in mid 2014 and took up the role of Honorary Treasurer from the late Bob Tilley. With the YAL closely allied with his own ideals he is delighted to be associated with such a dedicated organisation.
Frank joined the YAL in 1958 when he was a student at the Graylands Teachers College. At the time he was recruited by John Fawcett as a company Commander for a Country Boys Tour which was domiciled at the Claremont Showgrounds.
His interest in the YAL continued and after several tours in a similar role he became an “Officer” of the YAL and a member of the Officers Club. He served as President of the Officer’s club and was eventually elected to the Governing Council. He resigned this position on the YAL Council when he went to Adelaide in 1978 for work and re-joined when he returned to WA in the 1980’s.
He has been Chairman of the YAL Board since 2006 and the Chair of the YAL Trust Board since 2014. He stepped down as Chair of both the YAL Board and the Trust at the AGM in 2019. He was re-elected to the YAL Board in 2019.
He currently lives in Sydney and attends meeting via videoconference.
Andre came to Australia from Switzerland with his wife, daughter, son, dog and cat in 2008 to start a new life-adventure here in Perth. Joining YAL 10 years later is one of his ways of giving back to the community.
Andre is a senior professional certified coach with his consultancy: Burki Leadership. He is passionate about supporting individuals, teams & organisations who want to develop collective leadership.
He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. After years in the corporate world in leading positions Andre wanted to focus on where the real issues where (and still are), i.e. in and between us humans. Thus he changed career and obtained the necessary diplomas, certifications and accreditations that allowed him to live his calling to promote more connectedness, clarity, courage and care while making work more meaningful, enjoyable and sustainable for all.
Andre enjoys now serving YAL with its purpose and all those connected to it.
David was born in Singapore and has lived in Australia since 1997; first in Perth, then Brisbane, Adelaide and now Sydney.
He currently works for Western Sydney University as the senior academic lead in its health services management program, and adjunct senior lecturer in medicine with Flinders University.
He has a Master Degree in Surgery, a higher Doctorate in Public Health and a Law Degree.
He joined the YAL Board in 2013 and was also a founding Director of the YAL Trust board of directors.
Judy was a YAL board member between 2002 till 2017. She was a foundation director of the Trust board when it was created in 2014 a role which she still fills today. She feel a huge sense of belonging and responsibility to continue watching over the wonderful work that the “Boss” initiated.
Judy considers herself to be following in the footsteps – J.J “Boss” Simons her great uncle, and her father Dudley Carter. The Museum holds many reminders of her family – pictures of my great-grandmother Mary Simons, her father, and of course “Boss” who she remembers as a tall, imposing figure with a booming voice.
Her earliest memories of the YAL were a concert in the Ballroom in the 1940’s and then Araluen. There were camps at the Outing Centre (Camp Simons), frequent stays at the Log Cabin and attending moving ceremonies at the Grove of the Unforgotten.
Judy was educated at Perth College and later at McMaster University Ontario Canada and UWA in Perth. She has worked all over the world, mainly in the resource sector. Retiring some years back she was involved in a number of voluntary boards, including the YAL (both the YAL and the Trust). Judy only retains her YAL board position currently but also serves as the Secretary for the Rossmoyne-Shelley Liberal Party.
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.