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Our Board

South East 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.

Chair

David Mitchell, Delegate

David is a partner in a sheep farming enterprise at Delegate and was the founding chair of Monaro Farming Systems. He has extensive experience in agriculture and natural resource management and was the inaugural Chair of the Board of South East Local Land Services.

Appointed Board members

Ken Baxter, Robertson

Ken started his working life with the Graziers’ Association of NSW and has since built a career as a highly experienced senior executive working in the New South Wales and Victorian public service, the Prime Minister’s Department in Papua New Guinea and the Australian agricultural sector. Ken has sat on numerous boards throughout his career, including as Chair of the Australian Dairy Corporation and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation, and is a highly experienced director. Ken is a landowner and cattle producer in East Kangaloon and has been actively involved with landholders in the area to control fireweed, blackberries & feral animals.

Ian Denney, Grabben Gullen

Ian is a well-known and respected retired veterinarian with a long history working in animal health. He has had a successful career working in numerous state government and corporate agencies including NSW Agriculture, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, NSW DPI, Animal Health Australia and a former director of Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute. Ian is also a former Livestock Health and Pest Authority State Management Council board member. He is a landowner in the Crookwell area, with his wife, breeds Welsh Mountain ponies and until recently, Belted Galloway cattle.

Allison Harker, Yass

Allison is a partner in a mixed farming operation near Yass, NSW and also a Yass Valley Councillor. She currently Chairs the Yass Valley Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee. Prior to returning to Yass, Allison was an Investment Banking Director for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong.

Elected Board members

Stuart Burge, Numeralla 

Stuart Burge is an agronomist with over 30 years' experience with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and now as an independent agronomist. He runs a small irrigation and grazing property at Numeralla east of Cooma; has undertaken extensive research on key pasture, crop and natural resource management issues; developed and implemented regional weed control programs; and is a qualified group facilitator and trainer with project management and contract consulting experience.

George Merriman, Boorowa

George Merriman is co-owner and general manager of Merryville Merino Stud, Boorowa.  Educated at Orange Agricultural College, he has since sought further training in environmental management, animal health and cropping. He is serving on committees including Boorowa Show Society,  New South Wales Merino Breeders and South West Stud Merino Breeders. He is currently a Fox baiting coordinator for the Boorowa District.

Mac Wilson, Grabben Gullen

Mac Wilson runs a wool and beef property at Grabben Gullen, near Crookwell with over 40 years' experience in owning, working and running the property. He was a former director and chairman of the Yass Rural Lands Protection Board; was an elected board member of the Tablelands Livestock Health and Pest Authority, and is an original and current member of the South East Regional Animal Health Committee.