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 Primary Industries – 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.
Bob Smith, Mylestom
Bob is an experienced scientist, manager and adviser in the sustainable management, protection and profitable use of natural resources, with extensive experience in all levels of government. He is also a board member with Greening Australia.
Appointed Board members
Gary Humphreys, Port Macquarie
In previous roles Gary was the Chief Operating Officer of Essential Energy (Australia's largest electricity distribution network) and held senior executive roles in Country Energy and Advance Energy, all businesses based in regional NSW. Gary brings over 20 years of experience in operating a large corporation with specific skills in areas such as corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management and customer service. 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.
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 belief that communities achieve growth through being given the tools for positive change and her passion for highlighting success has been reinforced in her career with NSW Department of Primary Industries, Nambucca Shire Council and the Australian Customs Service.
Joanne Brodie, Thora
Joanne has over 20 years of management experience and brings a variety of skills from within the corporate world and other boards, including Director on the Board of The Community Transport Company and Chair of their Governance Committee and Risk Committee. Joanne is also a Director for Squash Australia and Chair for their Events Committee.
Elected Board members
The following Board members are elected as members of the North Coast Local Land Services region:
Neil Summerville is a previous Director and Chairman of the former Casino Rural Lands Protection Board and previous Chairman of the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA). He has lived in the region for the past 24 years on a beef and cropping property near Casino and is a long term member of the Sextonville Rural Fire Service. Neil is currently a Director of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company at Casino. During his time as Chair of the North Coast LHPA, Neil oversaw many important milestones including the progression of the North Coast region from a Bovine Johnes Disease control area to a protected area, allowing more freedom of trade with other areas of the state and Queensland. During his time as Chairman, the North Coast LHPA also established the North East Pest Animal Committee that provided agreements between National Parks, State Forests, LHPA's and private land owners on how to manage the issue of wild dogs. To his position as LLS board member, Neil brings considerable experience in biosecurity and disasters response and recovery strategies.
Tom Amey is a beef producer, running cattle on properties at Dyraaba and Mummulgum in partnership with his wife. Tom is also the business manager and co-owner of a medical practice in Casino. Tom has an honours degree in Rural Science from University of New England and does consulting work such as land capability assessments for development applications. He has previously worked as a district representative with a fertilizer company dealing with all crops and land uses on the North Coast, and as a development agronomist with Incitec. Tom was a Director on the board of the Northern Co- operative Meat Company at Casino for 14 years, holding the position of Deputy Chairman on two occasions. Tom is passionate about his industry, working collaboratively to organise producer groups and running meetings and farm walks. Presently Tom is a NSW producer advocate for Meat and Livestock Australia's productivity package 'More Beef from Pastures', covering the region east of the tablelands and north of Sydney to the Queensland border.
Trevor Wilson is a beef farmer and low-chill stone fruit grower in partnership with his wife on a property 30 kilometres west of Casino. Trevor's family have farmed in the local area for over 90 years. Trevor has a Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Graduate Diploma in Extension. He worked for 10 years as a Soil Conservationist with the NSW Soil Conservation Service, 12 years as a Land Management Officer in the Sugar Industry, and the last 20 years as a full time farmer where he has actively participated in extension activities. His training, employment and passion have been in sharing sustainable agricultural knowledge, and he will bring that expertise to the LLS Board. In 2011, Trevor and Kay were awarded 'Carbon Cocky of the Year' for the Northern Rivers region. For the past 10 years Trevor and his wife have been actively involved in sustainable grazing management utilizing native and naturalised pastures.