Our Board

Anette Schoombee


Anette Schoombee has been a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia for ten years. Before that she worked as a solicitor and partner in a large law firm, and practised at the independent Bar for some eight years. She was on the board of WA Bar Chambers Pty Ltd, Australian Women Lawyers Ltd, and Outcare Ltd. She strongly believes that it is essential that disadvantaged people, particularly the young, are given adequate support to stabilise and better their lives.

Paul Shanahan

B.Juris, LLB Deputy Chair

Paul was admitted to legal practice in 1989 and he has practiced in the public sector, as in-house Counsel and in private practice.  His main focus has been litigation and dispute resolution, including commercial disputes, regulatory matters and administrative law matters.  Paul is General Counsel and Director of Governance at the University of Western Australia.  He is also a member of the Liquor Commission of Western Australia.  Paul joined the Board of the Youth Legal Service in 2018.

Eileen Newby


Eileen became a CA in 1977 and a CPA in 1981 and has spent the majority of her working life in the government and corporate sectors.  Currently she is an accountant at a legal firm, a director of a number of private companies and also a director, vice-chair and finance committee chair at the NFP organisation The Nulsen Group.  Eileen has previously served on the boards of superannuation and insurance companies and Outcare Ltd, chairing the finance committees of all these organisations.  She is especially interested in assisting disadvantaged young people to achieve self-sufficiency.

Andrew Kazim

Board Member

Andy is the Youth Practice Consultant for Anglicare WA, drawing on his extensive professional experience working with young people to guide the establishment and provision of services to young people. He is an experienced facilitator and educator who has been providing training to community services professionals since 2010, and is passionately involved in a number of advisory roles within the youth sector.

Malcolm Bradley

Board Member

Malcolm has a broad education with university degrees in science, sustainability, various social sciences as well as law. He has variously worked in the iron ore industry and spent significant time volunteering within the not for profit sector including at Murdoch University, MIDLAS and Peel Community Legal Service. Since being admitted as a lawyer in 2016 Malcolm has worked variously within front line family violence roles in the community legal sector, as a criminal lawyer in private practice, and currently works at Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre.

Nicole Courtney

Board Member

Nicole holds degrees in Law and Psychology from Murdoch University. She is currently employed as a Graduate at Clayton Utz, and will be admitted as a lawyer in November 2019. Nicole was recently seconded to Women’s Legal Services WA. She has also volunteered at the SCALES Community Legal Centre, where she assisted predominantly with human rights matters. Nicole is experienced in working with people who are very culturally diverse, having completed study abroad programs in India, Singapore, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Shaun Wyn-Jones

Board Member

Shaun is a lawyer and immigration adviser employed at Estrin Saul Lawyers. Prior to this, he worked at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia gaining significant experience in government policy-making and human rights advocacy. Shaun is passionate about ensuring the rights of children and young people and has a keen interest in the strategic management of not-for-profit organisations.

Mara Barone

Her Honour Mara Barone SC

Mara is a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia.  Before being appointed Mara was a criminal lawyer.   She worked at Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal Legal Service before starting her own law firm and then moving to Francis Burt Chambers.  She has previously been a board member of the Tenants Advice Service.  Mara first became involved with the Youth Legal Service in the late 1990’s as a student volunteer and is looking forward to once again assisting the dedicated and passionate YLS staff achieve the goals of the organisation.  

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