Our Board

Riverina 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.


Chair

Lisa Anderson, Wagga Wagga

Lisa Anderson is a partner of Elwood Pastoral Co, a family sheep farming and cropping enterprise, located 25 kilometres from Wagga Wagga.

Lisa has experience in leadership and engagement across a wide range in the agricultural sector and a commitment to good governance.

Lisa graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2022 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lisa is qualified in both law and economics. She is a member of the Meat and Livestock Australia (Red Meat Panel) and Chairs the Agrifutures Pasture Seeds Advisory Panel. She is also an EvokeAg Committee member.

This is Lisa’s second term on an LLS Board, and first term as Board Chair.

Appointed Board members

Elizabeth Lyne, Cootamundra

Elizabeth Lyne has been appointed to numerous government and not-for-profit boards as a consumer and skilled based director over the past 10 years, including the NSW Rural Assistance, NSW Responsible Gambling Fund, Crown Holiday parks Land Manager, and Murrumbidgee Primary health Network.

Elizabeth is a qualified accountant with over 25 years of experience. In chartered accountancy Elizabeth has worked for Deloitte and has held ownership interest in a multi-office rural practice as an associate.

Elizabeth runs a mixed farming enterprise with her husband, a third-generation farmer at Cootamundra.

Michael Friend, Wagga Wagga

Michael Friend is passionate about the agricultural industries and has held a long career teaching the next generation of agricultural managers through is work with Charles Sturt University.

Michael is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation at Charles Sturt University, which involves leadership of CSU input with various Co-Operative Research Centres.

Other board and advisory roles held by Michael include the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub and the NSW Connectivity Innovation Network Advisory Boards

Michael was the past President of the Australian Society of Animal Production and is on the advisory committee for both Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science (Wool and Pastoral Sciences) and a PhD in the nutritional effects on wool staple strength.

He is currently a primary producer, having two landholdings in the Riverina LLS–one at Euberta and the other at Cootamundra.

Sarah Roche, Gilmore

Sarah Roche is a qualified senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience across diverse industries in the private and public sector, managing geographically dispersed teams of up to 1,500 FTE.

Until recently Sarah was the Head of Network Operations, for Essential Energy where she was accountable for the overall strategic operational management and oversight of the electricity network for 95% of NSW.

She has now commenced as General Manager Operations with Paraway., whilst continuing to run her own 2,000 acre sheep and cattle property at Gilmore, near Adelong.

Previously she has held agribusiness experience through employment with various industry operations, including GrainCorp, Rabobank and proAGtive.

Sarah has qualifications in Commerce and Teaching, is an active RFS member and a Board Member with Bendigo Bank.

Sarah was a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist in 2020 and won the GrainCorp Region of the Year Award in 2026 when Manager Regional Operations Southern NSW.  Whilst HR Manager for Grain Corp Southern NSW she was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 People Award and recipient of the 2012 Community Award.

Elected Board members

Alison Hamilton, Wagga Wagga

Alison is a beef cattle producer and consultant based near Wagga Wagga. Alison has been operating her own agricultural consulting business for more than 10 years. She is a passionate advocate for education and for women in agriculture and is a part-time TAFE teacher, teaching courses in agriculture and livestock. This is Alison’s first term on the Riverina Local Land Services Board.

Paul Funnell, Collingullie

Paul has a background in agriculture and operates an irrigation and mixed farming property at Collingullie. Paul is actively involved in a number of community groups and initiatives and is a councillor on Wagga Wagga City Council. He is passionate about the future of agriculture and the challenges the industry faces. This is Paul’s second term on the Riverina Local Land Services Board.

Bill Kingwill, Adjungbilly

Bill has a lengthy background in agriculture. He is a 4th generation grazier, producing fat lambs, superfine wool and beef cattle and he previously worked in the shearing industry. He has been the Adjungbilly bushfire brigade Rural Fire Service captain for past 32 year and is a founding member of Adjungbilly cooperative wild dog and fox management plan. This is Bill’s first term on the Riverina Local Land Services Board.