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Our Board

Greater Sydney 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.


Terry Charlton

Terry served as the CEO & Managing Director of Snowy Hydro Ltd for over a decade. Previously, he served as the President, Edison Mission Energy across the globe, following a career with Tubemakers in Australia. Terry is currently Chair of Tafe NSW and sits on the Board of the Monaro Early Intervention Society, having served also as Chair of WaterNSW from 2014 -16. He was the inaugural Chair of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board.

Appointed Board members

Melissa Joseph

Melissa is the Landcare NSW Trust project manager and former Division Director for Macquarie Bank. She brings more than 18 years' experience in banking, finance and strategy to the Greater Sydney team as well as a strong understanding and passion for life on the land as a rural property owner in Braidwood.

David Palmer

David is Chair of the NSW Biosecurity Advisory Committee and the NSW Rural Assistance Authority. He is also a director of Animal Health Australia & the Invasive Animals CRC, and recently sat on the Review Panel of IGAB (Inter Government Agreement on Biosecurity). David joined the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2014 and was reappointed in 2017.

Robert Webster

Robert joined Korn/Ferry in 2001 a Senior Client Partner following several years as Executive Director of the International Banks and Securities Association of Australia. Prior to this Robert spent over a decade in the NSW Parliament holding various Ministerial portfolios and was a member to the NSW Legislative Council. Robert joined the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2014 and was reappointed in 2017.

Elected Board members

Matthew Collins

Matthew is the director of the Collins Group of Companies whose activities span Charolais cattle, turf and landscaping supplies. He is an active member and former president of the Camden Show and has also been actively involved with the Upper Nepean Waters User Association including sitting on various stakeholder committees. Matthew joined the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2014 and was reelected in 2017.

Tally Matthews

Tally is a Horticultural Agronomist and works both locally and regionally with a diverse array of Agricultural producers. A primary producer since 1994 producing vegetables, turf and beef cattle, he was also the winner of the NSW Farmers “Young Farmer of the Year” award in 2008. Tally has been involved in a number of industry and community based projects and was a founding member of The Sydney Field Vegetable Demonstration Farm at Richmond. Tally was elected to the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2017.

Peter Trahar

Peter is an experienced cattle stud breeder and former director of the Angus Society of Australia and Certified Australian Angus Beef Pty Ltd. He has managed his own consulting business since 1985, working with leading companies in Australia and abroad. He has also worked with Hawkesbury Highlands Tourism. Peter joined the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2014 and was reelected in 2017.