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.
Stephanie Cameron, Tamworth
Stephanie Cameron is passionate about natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and caring for the land.
Stephanie has been involved in partnership projects with Local Land Services via Tamworth Regional Landcare and Landcare NSW for approximately the past 10 years and is the current Chair of Landcare NSW.
Stephanie has over 15 years of senior management experience in the laboratory testing and environmental consulting industry.
Stephanie is the business operations manager, director and co-owner of East West a local company based in Tamworth.
Jacqueline Gidley-Baird, Dungowan
Jacqueline Gidley-Baird owns and runs a beef cattle and lucerne growing property.
Jacqueline has worked for thirteen years in the human pharmaceutical industry, building her business experience. She then moved into large production animals as the regional, and then national manager of sales for Novartis Animal Health.
Jacqueline has been involved with Local Land Services through the North West Local Land Services Community Advisory Group.
Jacqueline currently works part time overseeing the governance, HR, marketing and back office as the Executive Officer of Tamworth Regional Landcare Association.
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.