Our Board

Central Tablelands 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.


Donna Rygate, Canowindra

Donna Rygate has co-owned a farming and grazing property at Canowindra for more than 30 years. She is an experienced independent chair/non-executive director, business leader and skilled problem solver who holds various board, planning panel and committee chair and/or member roles, as well as doing consultancy work. From 2014-2018 Donna was Chief Executive of Local Government NSW.

Before that she worked for 25 years in chief and senior executive, policy, communications, governance and operational roles in the NSW public sector.

Donna was first appointed to the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board in 2019.

Appointed Board members

Rachel Nicoll, Hampton

Rachel Nicoll is an active member of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Community Advisory Group and Regional Pest Animal Committee. She is a member of the NSW Young Farmers and is the current Hartley Branch Chair. She has extensive committee experience and is passionate about agriculture and the role of Local Land Services. This is Rachel’s second term on the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

Casey Dunn, Orange

Casey Dunn has almost 20 years’ experience as a corporate affairs specialist for agri-food and fibre industries. She has extensive experience advising boards across a range of agribusiness industries and organisational structures.

Casey has a detailed awareness and experience in corporate governance best practice through her role as a manager in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) and Graduate Diploma of Government.

Hunter White, Havilah

Hunter operates a mixed farming enterprise in the Mudgee and Cumnock region.  He has been an active member of the Central Tablelands Community Advisory Group and volunteers extensively in the not-for-profit sector.

Hunter is a current member of Watershed Landcare Inc, Little River Landcare Group and the Central Tablelands Regional Landcare Group.  He is also the immediate past chair of the Central Tablelands Community Advisory Group.

Hunter is also a current member of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Council, Mudgee Show Society life member, a board member of the Mudgee Race Club and deputy Captain of Lue Havilah RFS.

Hunter received an Order of Australia Medal for service to the agricultural show sector and the community.

Elected Board members

Wendy Bowman, Cargo

Wendy lives at Cargo and since 1997 has run her family’s beef cattle property at Canowindra after a career in sales and marketing. She is actively involved in her community in various industry and community groups and initiatives. She has held positions including being a board member of the Mid-Lachlan Landcare’s Growing the Grazing Revolution project. This is Wendy’s second term on the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

Scott Sullivan, Cumnock

Scott has an extensive background in agriculture having been involved in primary production for 45 years. He currently owns and manages a cattle enterprise near Cumnock. Scott has taught science, agriculture and farm management at both a secondary and tertiary level. For 17 years he worked as a ranger and biosecurity officer for Local Land Services and its predecessor organisations. This is his first term on the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

Howard Robert Sinclair, Newbridge

Howard comes from the Newbridge area near Bathurst where he has operated a prime lamb and beef cattle enterprise for over 30 years. Howard has played an active role in agricultural policy direction and service delivery throughout his career in the predecessor organisations of Local Land Services and other industry groups. This is Howard’s second term on the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

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