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.
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 and became Chair in 2019.
Appointed Board members
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. Melissa was appointed to the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2018.
Kay Veitch brings more than 25 years’ experience in executive leadership to our board having worked in various positions in QANTAS and Virgin airways as well as the ASX listed GWA Group. With a background in HR and commercial roles, Kay has significant nomination and remuneration committee experience and a track record of success in engaging global stakeholders, aligning priorities and ensuring growth opportunities are capitalised upon. Kay was appointed to the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2019.
The current CEO of the Country Women’s Association of NSW, Danica Leys has held senior policy and legal roles with NSW Farmers and worked as an agronomist in Central West and North West NSW as an agronomist. In 2012 Danica received the NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Woman’s Award for her vision and commitment to a vibrant primary industries sector. Danica was appointed to the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Board in 2019.
Elected Board members
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 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 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.