Our Board

North Coast 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 two 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.


CHAIR

Robert (Bob) Smith, Mylestom

Bob has a 40 year background in the delivery of sustainable management and use of natural resources. Robert has extensive experience in the management and evaluation of community businesses and the interactions of government, private sector and community. This is Bob’s second term as Chair of the North Coast Local Land Services Board.

APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS

Jolyon Burnett, Bexhill

Jolyon is from Bexhill and has 30 years’ experience in the horticulture and agriculture industry. He is the current CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society, which is based at Lismore and is a Councillor for the Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Council for NSW Business. He has a background as a non-executive director of state, national and international organisations. This is Jolyon’s first term on the North Coast Local Land Services Board.

Patricia Walker, Bowraville

Patricia has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities and her current role as Manager of Miimi Aboriginal Corporation continues that work through providing outreach and advocacy services and capacity building programs. Patricia's career has included roles with NSW Department of Primary Industries, Nambucca Shire Council and the Australian Customs Service. Patricia was appointed to the North Coast Local Land Services Board in 2019.

Gary Humphreys, Port Macquarie

Gary brings over 20 years of experience in operating large corporations with specific skills in areas such as corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management and customer service. In a previous role Gary was the Chief Operating Officer of Essential Energy (Australia's largest electricity distribution network). Gary is currently a non-executive director on Hastings Cooperative, BCU and CanAssist NSW. Gary lives in Port Macquarie and owns a farm at Cooperabung where he runs beef cattle. Gary was appointed to the North Coast Local Land Services Board in 2019.

ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

Bruce Lyle, Yorklea

Bruce is a land manager and beef cattle producer who, with his family, has run stud and commercial Angus cattle at Yorklea near Casino for over 30 years. Bruce has a background in agriculture, business management and is particularly interested in maximising production sustainably. Bruce is also actively involved in local producer groups and initiatives. This is Bruce’s first term on the North Coast Local Land Services Board.

David Michael Dawson, Bonny Hills

David is currently building a cattle business on properties in the Macleay and Hastings Valleys following a career spanning all areas of agriculture, forestry, water and natural resource management in the government and media sectors. He is involved in the community through the Hastings Feral Deer Management Group culling program and works with neighbours and contractors to control Wild Dogs. This is David’s first term on the North Coast Local Land Services Board.

Adam Chapman, Fine Flower

Adam has operated a family beef cattle breeding, fattening and cropping property at Fine Flower in the upper Clarence for the past 20 years. Adam has extensive board experience with Local Land Services’ predecessor organisations and is particularly interested in animal health, biosecurity and invasive pests and weeds. This is Adam’s first term on the North Coast Local Land Services Board.