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Our Board

Central 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.


Ian Rogan, Millthorpe

Ian comes from a beef and dairy cattle farming family and is an experienced consultant who operates a family-run nursery and agricultural consulting business. He was Acting Chair of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Board from February 2016.

Ian can be contacted on 0418 484 088

Appointed Board members

Tess Herbert, Eugowra

Tess is a respected land manager who owns and operates cattle feed lots and an inter-generational mixed farming enterprise with her husband and three children Tess has excellent corporate governance experience and training and was recently elected as the President of the peak cattle body - the Australian Lot Feeders' Association.

Tess can be contacted on 0427 592 785

Pip Job, Geurie

Pip Job has a passion for rural communities and agriculture and has a rich history of working with community. Pip has an adept knowledge of natural resource management and sustainable agricultural practices. Pip specialises in business and social resilience in the agricultural sector and is a member of the Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council; the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Technical Committee; an Alumni member of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award; and is the Senior Project Officer for Business & Social Resilience Programs within the NSW DPI. Pip is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Pip can be contacted on 0437 241 688

Donna Rygate, Canowindra

Donna Rygate co-owns a farming and grazing property at Canowindra.  She is an experienced Chief Executive and independent director who holds various board and committee roles as well as doing consultancy work.  From 2014-2018 Donna was Chief Executive of Local Government NSW, and before that worked in executive, policy, communications, governance and operational roles in the NSW public sector for more than 25 years.  She was Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Communities, head of Corporate Governance and Policy in the then NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Deputy Director General of Strategy, Communication and Governance within the then NSW Department of Community Services.  Donna's broad experience also included roles in central agencies, transport, conservation and environment protection.  She has an Economics degree (Honours in Government and Public Administration) and a Masters degree in Planning, and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors course graduate.  Donna is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor program at Macquarie University.

Donna can be contacted on 0407 489 989

Elected Board members

Wendy Bowman, Cargo

After an earlier career in Sales and Marketing, Wendy returned to run her family’s beef cattle property at Canowindra in 1997. The property has a self-replacing commercial Angus herd joining 350 cows to Angus sires and 150 heifers to Wagyu sires. Wendy sees farming as not only within the boundary fence, but beyond to a whole community enterprise. Wendy and her husband Rob live at their farm at Cargo, which Rob manages. The Cargo property focuses on prime lambs and cropping.

Wendy runs her grazing operation at Canowindra using a mix of principles learned from achieving an Advanced Diploma in Farm Management from The University of Sydney’s Orange Campus, Holistic Resource Management, Farming for Profit and Pro-Graze courses.  Wendy brings with her a practical, commercial approach and a passion for agriculture, the environment and the Central Tablelands. She is keen to work as part of the Central Tablelands LLS team to create a positive future direction for this important organisation.

Wendy was a member of the Central Tablelands LLS Agricultural Industry Advisory Group and is currently a committee member for the Canowindra Showground Trust; Secretary/Treasurer of the Walli Bushfire Brigade; and board member of the Mid-Lachlan Landcare’s Growing the Grazing Revolution project.

Wendy can be contacted on 0427 450 474

John Lowe, Lowther

John is on his second term as elected Board member for the Central Tablelands Local Land Services. John’s property “Lowther Park” is a prime lamb and beef cattle enterprise located between Lithgow and Oberon. John has grown the business which focusses on maximising the longevity of the land by best practice pasture and animal management. John wants to be seen as a clear voice for farmers in our region and is very aware of the daily challenges confronting fellow farmers in our region, particularly in relation to pest animal issues.

John can be contacted on 0427 111 133

Howard Sinclair, Newbridge

Howard comes from the Newbridge area near Bathurst. Howard has expertise as a professional primary producer having operated a prime lamb and beef cattle enterprise for over 30 years. Howard was also a director of the Central Tablelands Rural Lands Protection Board and Livestock Health and Pest Authority. Howard has also been Chair of the Central Tablelands Sustainable Grazing Systems program run by Meat and Livestock Australia and managed a long term grazing trial for the Department of Primary Industries. Howard is keen to draw upon his expertise and represent the needs of all landholders in the Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Howard can be contacted on: 0427 681 104