Dr David Lim, Honorary Public Officer

David was born in Singapore but has lived in Australia – first in Perth and now Brisbane – for the last 20 years.

He currently works at the Queensland University of Technology as a lecturer and researcher. He was previously employed by the Wheatbelt Division of Division General Practice as an educator. He has also lectured at Edith Cowan University, Curtain University and the University of Western Australia.

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 is currently acting as the Public Officer. He was also a founding Director of the YAL Trust board of directors.

Frank Schaper, Honorary Chairman YAL & Trust

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 of a similar role he became on “Officer” of the YAL and a member of the Officers Club. He served as President of the Officer’s club eventually elected to the Governing council. He resigned this position when he went to Adelaide for work and re-joined when he returned to WA in the 80’s.
He has been Chairman of the YAL board since 2006 and is also the Chair of the YAL Trust board. He currently lives in Brisbane and attends meeting via teleconference.

Janet McCallum, Director

Janet is the YAL. With her father being one of the founding members in 1905 her family is one of the cornerstones of the YAL. With her late husband Ian, all 3 of their children grew up with YAL ‘family’ around them as well.

She worked throughout her working life in supermarket management and later in lighting consultancy and sales with General Electric, but YAL was never far from her mind.

It was this passion that saw Jan create the YAL Museum in 2000 when, at 70 years of age, she had finished work and needed a project to keep her busy.

She was active with the parent bodies the YAL had, the Women’s axillary, officers club and currently both the YAL board and the YAL Trust board.

Judy Charbonneau, Director

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 Mulder, Director

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.

Richard Offen, Director

Richard is currently the Executive Director of Heritage Perth, which was set up to show the heritage of Perth in a positive light as a major social and economic asset. He is also a much sought after lecturer, speaker and regular broadcaster on both radio and TV.

His career commenced in the UK but he has worked across Europe on a number of heritage conservation strategies and holds a Master’s Degree in Heritage Management from the Birmingham University.

In 2014, in recognition for his work promoting heritage to a wide audience, he was honoured by the WA Heritage Council Heritage Awards, winning the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Heritage by a Professional in the Heritage Industry’ category.

It was in 2014 that he also joined the YAL board with a little encouragement from his friend Jan McCallum.