Board of Chairs
Local Land Services is made up of 11 regions. Each region 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 Chairs of each of the regional boards comprise the Board of Chairs. The Board of Chairs is led by the Chair of the Board of Chairs, who is appointed by the Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry.
The Board of Chairs is responsible for ensuring delivery of statewide priorities in accordance with our Strategic Plan and Charter Letter from the Minister for Primary Industries. The Board of Chairs ensures that state and national priorities and uniform procedures are implemented and is accountable to the Minister.
Our local boards have legislated functions with four main focus areas: strategy, community engagement, advocacy, and advice. 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.
Regional chairs, appointed March 2017 for a three-year term
- Central Tablelands - Ian Rogan, Millthorpe
- Central West - Susan Madden, Dubbo
- Greater Sydney - Terry Charlton, Sydney
- Hunter - Lindy Hyam, Lorn
- Murray - David Wolfenden, Rand (acting)
- North Coast - Bob Smith, Mylestom
- North West - Conrad Bolton, Wee Waa
- Northern Tablelands - Hans Hietbrink, Guyra
- Riverina - Barney Hyams, Batlow
- South East - David Mitchell, Delegate
- Western - Ben Barlow, Corowa
Managing conflicts of interest
The Local Land Services Board of Chairs has developed a Conflict of Interest policy and Code of Conduct for Board members and staff in order to demonstrate the highest level of governance.
The policy requires that the Board of Chairs establish a sub-committee to assist with the management of real or perceived conflict of interest involving board members and staff, that often stem from both living and working in regional communities.
Applications for access to Local Land Services grants, funding, access to services or other interactions with the organisation from board members or staff that present a real or perceived conflict of interest are assessed in a consistent and transparent manner, through a central, arms-length process.
The policy, Code of Conduct and register of decisions are available below: