BFWA Committee Members

Borderless Friendship Western Australia Incorporated started in 2010 to support the work of Borderless Friendship Foundation (Thailand).

  • Dr Lorel Mayberry, Ph.D., President
    Lecturer, Department of Sexology, Curtin University, Perth, WA
  • Peter Sim, Vice President
    Business consultant
  • Veronica Lawrance, Secretary
    Lecturer, Public Relations, Curtin Business School, Curtin University
  • Tamika Cullen, Treasurer
    Partner, PriceWaterhouseCooper
  • Jennie Nicholls, Committee
    Theatre nurse
  • Hannah Nimmo-Lawrance, Committee
    Digital marketing co-ordinator
  • Jordi Quain, Committee
    Youth representative
  • Tanya Sim, Committee
    Co-founder and managing director, Block Branding



BFF management

BFF is governed by Board Members who assign the Director to facilitate the Foundation activities. The Director, on behalf of BFF, works with all stakeholders - both government and non-governmental organizations. In addition, BFF works with local, community-based organizations (CBO's) to facilitate project activities on specific sites.

BFF (Thailand) Board Members

  • Mr Pramote Eua-amnuay, Chair
    Director and Community Development Advisor
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Surapoln Natakarnkitkul, Vice-chair
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University
  • Ms Suparie Chatkunyarat, Treasurer
    Managing Director, Learning Holiday Co., Past Rotary District Governor
  • Prof. Dr. Boonlom Cheva-Isarakul, Committee
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University
  • Krongjit Eua-amnuay, Secretary
    Manager, Ruam Jai Cooperative Credit Union


BFF Director/Project Manager

Pramote Eua-amnuay comes to BFF with an extensive background in community development with hill tribe people in Northern Thailand. A senior member of the Lahu people, one of 9 sub-groups of the hill tribe people, Pramote left behind his challenging background when he gained a scholarship to university in Thailand. He holds a Bachelor of Community Development and Masters of Agricultural Extension from Chiang Mai University.

Always a visionary and with a passion for the welfare of under-privileged people, Pramote was Director of the Thai arm of the Heifer Project (an international organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance and sustainability). As a Rotarian and Past President of Chiang Mai North Rotary Club, he has been directly involved in projects such as water drilling and installing water tanks with filtration and sanitation systems for schools and communities. Recently, he conducted the project 'Cross border passing on the gift' by providing 50 dairy cows from Thailand to women farmer groups in Vietnam. He has also been a consultant to the Royal Project Foundation - initiatives supported by the King of Thailand, Thai Government, universities, agencies and individuals.

Two years ago, Pramote was approached by leaders of the hill tribe people of Northern Thailand to assist in the setting up of a Foundation with the aim of providing access to education for children from the hill tribes. The leaders recognized in Pramote a man of deep compassion with the experience and networks necessary to gain help for their people. The result of their collaboration is the Borderless Friendship Foundation (BFF).

Personnel in sites

The BFF has local volunteers to help in targeted communities coordinated by the Director/Project Manager. The BFF makes use of volunteers in technical fields such as capacity building for youth/communities, IT management, networking, gender, human rights/laws, agriculture and microcredit/saving and environment issues.

The BFF also has leaders of community based organizations (CBOs) to assist with implementation and monitoring of activities in targeted communities

Specialist advisors

  • Mr Komjak Pichaironnarongsongkram
    Specialist on Animal Production, Department of Livestock Department
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boonlom Cheva-Isarakul
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Chiang Mai University
  • Dr Lorel Mayberry
    Lecturer in Sexology (Public Health), Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia      

Cooperative partners

BFF has proudly collaborated with Rotary International, Rotary Clubs (Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai North, Scarborough Western Australia, Peninsula Sunrise). Other co-operative partners include Borderless Friendship Western Australia, Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia), Department of Livestock Development, Chiang Mai University, CPF, Betagro and local government organisations.

The Director/Project Manager and the Secretariat have been working in a voluntary capacity since the inception of BFF. Monies are urgently required to fund their ongoing positions and to expand the scope of work for BFF. With adequate funding, a Project Officer and a part time accounting position would be ideal.


Professor Rosemary Coates (AO) - Patron, Borderless Friendship Western Australia Inc

Rosemary Coates (Order of Australia)
BMedSc; BA; BSc; PGDipEd; MSc; PGDipBioethics; PhD


Professor, Department of Sexology, School of Public Health, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Visiting Professor: King's College, London

Visiting Professor: School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Brescia, Italy


Professor Coates has an international reputation for her work in both sexual health and medical ethics. She is the Immediate Past President of the World Association for Sexual Health and has previously been the President of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance, President of Family Planning Australia and Chair of the Western Australian AIDS Council.

Prof Coates is a Technical Advisor for the Reproductive Health and Research Unit of the World Health Organisation. She is a member of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel; the Sexual Health and Human Rights Committee and the Sexual Health Indicators working group. She is also a member of the working group for the revision of section F52 of the International Classification of Disease (WHO).

Professor Coates has been working in the area of human sexuality for over 30 years. In that time she has been involved in the education of health professionals in sexual counselling and therapy, sexual medicine, and sexual health promotion. She established the Sexual Health Research & Education Unit at Curtin University and is responsible for the development of the first Masters program in Forensic Sexology in the world.

Prof Coates clinical and research work has focused on the physically disabled and on specific paraphiliac behaviours. Her current research activities are diverse and involve a number of countries. A particular current concern is the world wide trafficking of women and children for the purposes of sexual enslavement.

Professor Coates is the author of the chapter on Australia in The Complete International Encyclopaedia of Sexuality, Edited by Francouer, R. New York and London: Continuum International. 2004. Her most recent publication is The Clinical Approach to Problems of Sexual Function in Sexual Health Medicine: A Clinical Approach Editors: Fairley, C., Russell D., & Bradford, D. Melbourne University Press, 2005.

In addition to her expertise in sexual health, Dr Coates teaches medical ethics to a large number of students throughout the world, including universities in Australia, England and Italy. Dr Coates is a Visiting Professor to King's College, London and the University of Brescia, Italy.

In January 2012 the Australian Government awarded Professor Coates with the Order of Australia, the second highest Honour recognition. The honour was awarded in recognition of her national and international work and her contribution to medical education.

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