Our Board

Central 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.


Paul (Midnight) Brydon, Narromine

Paul (Midnight) Brydon has actively served the Central West board since March 2020, including being the board representative on the Central West Regional Weeds Committee and a member of the Central West Aboriginal Engagement Steering Committee.

Midnight is a proud Wiradjuri man living in Narromine with connections across the Central West region, including in Wellington, Dubbo & Dunedoo. This is demonstrated through his membership on the Wiradjuri Council of Elders at Charles Sturt University, personal commitment to teaching the Wiradjuri language and advisory roles with various NSW government committees.

Midnight is currently a weeds contractor for Dubbo Regional Council and participates on the Community Consultative Committees for the Tomingley and Wilpinjong mines.

Appointed Board members

Lisa Schiff

Lisa Schiff is a town planning and community engagement consultant with over 35 years of local government experience, predominantly in regional NSW.

She has recently moved to the Central West region after completing a 3-year contaminated land project on behalf of the Far Northwest Joint Organisation of Councils that included Bourke, Walgett, Cobar, Warrumbungle, Coonamble, Gilgandra and Dubbo.

Lisa has extensive agricultural experience having owned and managed 12,000 acre cross-bred commercial cattle operation, Australian stock horse breeding and breeding stud cattle.

Lisa holds qualifications in urban and regional planning, community engagement and workplace training and assessment.

Lisa was also a recipient of the NSW Government Medal for Service after the 2007 Hunter storms.

Andrew Rice, Parkes

Andrew is a landholder near Parkes with a consulting and financial background. He has extensive experience across the agriculture and natural resource management sectors. He is also a non-executive director and Chair of the Foundation for Arable Research Australia Ltd. This is Andrew’s first term on the Central West Local Land Services Board.

Ross McCarthy, Dubbo

Ross McCarthy is a manager at Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets, one of the largest saleyards in Australia. In this role Ross has contributed to many business improvements, resulting in an animal welfare award for the business.

For the past three years, Ross has been president of the Australian Saleyard Managers Association and a board member for the Australian Livestock Markets Association.

Ross holds a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics and has worked for 20 years in the finance industry, where much of his roles involved high levels of financial control, audit, reporting and risk management.

Elected Board members

  • Elise Stokes
  • Rae Craft
  • Nina Hooper.

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