North West Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.
Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.
Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.
The Chair and three board members are appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales while the remaining three board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.
Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.
Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.
Richard Clark, Boggabilla
Richard is the owner and operator of a mixed farm north of Moree. He has been a member of several boards and policy committees and also has experience in finance and audit. He has a background in leadership and agricultural representation and research. This is Richard’s third term on the North West Local Land Services Board and first term as Chair.
APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS
Jocellin Jansson, Narrabri
Jocellin lives in Narrabri and comes to Local Land Services with strong leadership, strategic planning, stakeholder relations and management skills. She has built extensive rural, industry, government and community networks throughout her career and is a dedicated advocate for women in agriculture. Jocellin is a director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation. This is her first term on the North West Local Land Services Board.
Rebecca Reardon, Moree
Rebecca runs a mixed farming property in the Moree shire with her family. She has more than 20 years experience in leadership roles in the agribusiness sector, including expertise in domestic and international commodity marketing and supply chain management. She is an experienced NED, having held directorships with Grain Trade Australia, Grains Australia and NSW Farmers and was a member of the Australian Government’s Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce. Rebecca was appointed to the North West Local Land Services Board in 2019.
Russell Webb, Duri
Russell is a primary producer who also has more than 30 years of local government service and is currently a Councillor of Tamworth Regional Council. He has a passion for community service and extensive experience and knowledge of local, state and federal government operations. He is a strong advocate for growing value adding opportunities for the agricultural sector. Russell is an active member of the community involved with the Lions Club and NSW Farmers Association and a Board member of the Oxley Community Transport Service. Russell was appointed to the North West Local Land Services Board in 2019.
ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Keith Ean Harris, Warral
Keith is semi-retired and lives near Tamworth. He now owns his own property after a long career in corporate agriculture. He managed many properties in NSW, including Cowl Cowl and Gundaline Stations in the Riverina to Windy Station and Milchengowrie on the Liverpool Plains. Keith has a long history of representing farmers on various organisations and committees. This is Keith’s second term on the North West Local Land Services Board.
Geoffrey Allan Cruickshank, Moree
Geoffrey runs a mixed farming family property north-east of Moree in the Croppa Creek/Crooble area and has lived in the district all his life. Geoff has more than 12 years of experience in Local Land Services’ predecessor organisations and is actively involved in a number of community groups and initiatives in the North West. He is an occasional user of travelling stock reserves and understands the immense value of the TSR network managed by Local Land Services. This is Geoffrey’s second term on the North West Local Land Services Board.
Annie McMahon, Burren Junction
Annie has been in a successful farming and grazing business near Burren Junction for more than 30 years. Annie also has extensive experience as a manager and leader in rural, regional and remote public health services working in nursing and midwifery. Annie is currently serving as a councillor on the Narrabri Shire Council and is a strong advocate for rural NSW. This is Annie’s second term on the North West Local Land Services Board.