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Our board

Northern Tablelands 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.


Hans Hietbrink

Hans Hietbrink was appointed local Chair, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 3 October 2013. He is a high-level manager who has demonstrated the ability to facilitate, motivate and achieve results.

Hans was previously the Chair of the Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority where he worked closely with Board members and the General Manager in establishing strategic plans and projects.

Hans is also a Councillor of Guyra Shire Council and has held the position of Mayor since 2008.

Appointed Board members

Jim Benton, Glen Innes

Jim owns and operates a Hereford cattle breeding enterprise in the Glen Innes region and is currently Chair of GLENRAC Inc, a Landcare and natural resource management organisation. He is a former board member of the Border Rivers Gwydir Catchment Management Authority and a board member of the New England and North West Landcare Network Chairs Inc.

Jim has been actively involved in natural resource management on his property and has conducted many trials and on site field days and is currently engaged in a stewardship project with the Australian Government.

Grahame Marriott, Inverell

Grahame is based in Inverell and has followed a path in support of sustainable agriculture and communities throughout his life. He is on the board of Regional Development Australia Northern Inland and is a former board member of the Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority.

Grahame has worked with the Commonwealth Department of Finance, the Industries Assistance Commission, has been a wool classer in the New England and North West area, project development consultant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strain Islander Commission both in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and northern NSW, a trainer and Project Manager at Inverell Skill Training Inc. and Managing Director and Company Secretary of BEST Employment Ltd.

Grahame was also an inaugural member of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services board.

Maria Woods, Walcha

Maria has a passion for natural resource management and is a landholder from Walcha. She was a Councillor on Walcha Council for 16 years and a Director with Local Government NSW. Maria was also a representative on the New England Weed Authority, NSW Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee and Northern Inland Weeds Advisory Committee.

Maria is a former board member of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority and an inaugural member of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Board.

Elected Board Members

Tim Norton, Walcha

Tim Norton is a fourth-generation sheep and cattle farmer from Walcha. He has skills in many areas of agriculture including biosecurity, animal welfare, pest and weed management, emergency management, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation. He has a strong belief that farming has a great future so he will be working to see that its full potential is reached.

Ross King, Walcha

Ross King is a farmer east of Walcha who operates a commercial enterprise of self replacing merinos, merino wethers, prime lambs and EU accredited cattle.

Ross has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and has had continuous involvement with a number of Department of Agriculture officers in areas of abattoir feedback, supply relationships, livestock management and breeding advice. These activities have given him experience in many biosecurity programs from Brucellosis to Ovine Johnes Disease, EU accreditation to footrot and lice and wild dogs to kangaroos.

David Worsley, Nullamanna

David Worsley is a second generation farmer, running 3000 hectares in the Nullamanna district, 40km north of Inverell. David has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and is the President of the Pindaroi/Wellingrove Wild Dog Society and Wild Dog Facilitator for North East NSW. He is also the Chair of GWYMAC Landcare.

David's background and experience in farming and in a range of projects with the LHPA, National Parks, CMA and Landcare means he has a practical approach backed by a good understanding of both the current issues and those related to the separate organisations which are now combined in Local Land Services.