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 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.
Conrad Bolton, Wee Waa
Conrad is the former Mayor of Narrabri Shire Council and operated the largest solely-owned aerial spraying business in the southern hemisphere for 20 years. He was the inaugural Chair of the Board of North West Local Land Services.
Appointed Board members
Richard Clark, Boggabilla
Richard is passionately committed to the sustainable future of rural and regional NSW.
He is a former Chairman of Grains Research and Development Corporation, Senior Vice President of the NSW Farmers Association and a former National Farmers Federation Councillor, who has extensive experience in leadership roles within rural and regional NSW.
Richard is an experienced land manager, with a mixed farming operation in the Boggabilla region which has included summer and winter cereals, oilseeds, pulses and dryland cotton.
Rebecca Reardon, Moree
Rebecca 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 is currently a Non-Executive Director of Grain Trade Australia and NSW Farmers, as well as Chair of NSW Farmers Grains Committee. She was a member of the Australian Government's Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce and a director of Direct Fertilizers Vic.
She is a strong communicator, with a commitment to agriculture, ethical business practices and good governance. She farms and runs sheep at Moree, with her husband.
Russell Webb, Duri
Russell is a successful and highly regarded professional, primary producer and councillor with 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.
Elected Board members
Geoff Cruickshank, Croppa Creek
Geoff Cruickshank, along with his wife Jenny, runs a successful family, grazing property north-east of Moree in the Croppa Creek/Crooble area.
Geoff has more than 12 years of experience as a director of the former Northern Slopes RLPB and LHPA boards and has lived in the district all of his life.
His off-farm interests include the Crooble Memorial Hall Committee, Croppa Creek Koala Group and Croppa Creek Recreational Reserve Trust. He is a long-serving member of the Oodnadatta Rural Fire Service and a member of the Moree Motor Enthusiasts Club.
As a former member of the Community Advisory Group, Geoff understands the Local Land Services structure and is a valued member of his community.
Keith Harris, Warral
Keith has had a long and successful career in corporate agriculture; managing some of the best properties in NSW, including Cowl Cowl and Gundaline Stations in the Riverina.
Since 1991, Keith has developed and managed the well-known Liverpool Plains properties, Milchengowrie and Windy Stations.
Keith is passionate about agriculture and he has a long history of representing farmers on various organisations and committees, including:
- Chairman of the Boggabri Landcare 1996-2003
- Representing irrigators on various Namoi committees
- Chairman of the Upper Namoi Cotton Growers 1994 -2001
- Director of AgVance Farming Group - Liverpool Plains 2005-2010
- Grower on the GRDC - Northern Panel 2011-2015
- Member of Grain Growers Ltd - National Policy Group 2015 - current.
Annie McMahon, Burren Junction
Annie has had over 30 years as an active partner in a successful primary production farming and grazing business in north west NSW.
For 20 years of this time she was also a manager and leader in rural, regional and remote public health services from Townsville to Dubbo and places in between. For a short period, Annie worked with GrainCorp in a management role.
She is currently involved in local government as an elected Councillor for the Narrabri Shire.
Through her extensive leadership/management and business roles, she has a very good knowledge of governance and is an advocate for equity in the bush across all sectors.