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Mr David Thomas

RSLWA | Board Member

Mr David Thomas

David joined the Army on 8 Jan 1975 and completed  21 years of service.  Served at several defence locations and units. Including SASR, 1st Armoured Regiment and 9 Transport Column.

Retired from the Defence Forces as a  Warrant Officer Class 2.

On retirement from the defence force worked within the resources industry for 27 years in resources and logistics for remote area facility management throughout Australia and globally.  Working for  engineering companies including  Fluor Australia and HATCH Engineering on major resources industry projects  in the design , build,  own,  operate and  client representative for several large resources transit workers accommodation  throughout  Western Australia such at Barrow Island and  Murrin Murrin. Globally  including Mongolia-Oyu Tolgoi Project   and New Caledonia-Goro Project.

Business development management for several companies including  aboriginal Corporation PKKP to raise their business arm.  

Completed a Diploma in Human Resources, Hospitality  and HS&Environment.

Employed by several major resources companies  during COVID19 to develop a  COVID 19 policy and implementation for their resources villages within the Pilbara region.

In 2008 David started up his own Facility Management group , R2R Services and Akudjura FM that managed several successful transit workers villages , motel, and remote villages in the North West and in the wheatbelt area of Western Australia.

Completed a Leadership program in 2005. Leadership WA and awarded a Distinguished Fellows award in 2014.

David has served on several boards and councils. Currently hold the positions .

  • President - Australian Special Air Services Association , WA
  • President – Claremont RSL Sub-Branch
  • President – Boer War Memorial Society of WA
  • Immediate Past President – Royal Agricultural Society of WA
  • Vice President – National Seniors Australia Perth Western Suburbs Branch
  • In 2019 David as the president revitalised the Claremont RSL Sub-Branch from closure to a successful small sub branch that was awarded the Denis Connelly
  • Recruiting Shield  in 2022–Sub-Branches, with a membership less than 60 Financial Members for the recruitment of new members.

Married to Sharon with two (2)  adult children and three (3)  grandchildren.

Some of David’s highlights include walking  the Kokoda  Track twice, walked parts of the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi  and restored parts of the memorial at Hellfire Pass . Dawn service at Gallipoli twice including the 100th Anniversary in  2015. Visited the Battle field of France and Dawn Service at Villers Bretonneux.


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