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 cattle 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 at Narrabri and comes to Local Land Services with strong leadership, strategic planning and management skills. She has built extensive rural, industry, government and community networks and is a dedicated advocate for women in agriculture. This is Jocellin’s first term on the North West Local Land Services Board.
Rebecca Reardon, Moree
Rebecca is a sheep farmer from Moree who has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the agribusiness sector, including expertise in domestic and international commodity marketing and supply chain management. She has held board positions with Grain Trade 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 25 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. 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 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 Cruikshank, 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 is a nurse and midwife who has been an active partner in a successful farming and grazing business near Burren Junction for more than 30 years. Annie has extensive experience as a manager and leader in rural, regional and remote public health services from Townsville to Dubbo and places in between. She is currently a councillor on 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.