The Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr David Thomas as President for a three–year term from 24 June 2020. David took over as President from Mr Paul Carter, who has served in the position since 2017.
David spent 21 years serving his country; ten of which were while wearing the ‘sandy beret’ of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and he has carried their famous motto – ‘who dares wins’ – with him in all his endeavours since.
After leaving the military at the age of 38, David took some of the experience he had gleaned while working in the Australian Army’s Catering Corp to move into the facility management sector and set up his own business – R2R Services Pty Ltd – in Subiaco. The business has seen him working in numerous remote and regional areas of the state and internationally.
His passion for agriculture runs in the family, beginning with his grandfather who operated a grain and feed business in Moorabbin, Victoria. His daughter – Melany – attended the WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin and Melany’s partner’s family owns a wheat farm in Cunderdin and Meckering. Rachel his eldest daughter works for ACTIV Foundation overseeing Supported Employees as they pack over 100,000 show bags for the Perth Royal Show and all of the regional shows each year.
He credits his wife, Sharon, for introducing him to the Perth Royal Show and RASWA as she has been volunteering at the show for many years.
David has fond memories of planning his family’s yearly visits to the show – packing lunches for his two daughters and setting off on the short journey to Claremont Showground from their defence home in Swanbourne.
Animal exhibits have always been a particular highlight, along with the annual tradition of watching the Grand Parade together from the main grandstand – a tradition he still takes time to maintain.
He was elected to join the RASWA council in 2013 – even cancelling a Mediterranean cruise so that he could attend his first Perth Royal Show in an official capacity.
David is an avid fan of regional shows, having travelled as far afield as Karratha; Northampton; Bridgetown, Esperance and all places in-between. David is also proud to say he has visited all the other ‘Royals’ across Australia and is eager to get back to travelling once the Coronavirus restrictions have eased.