North Coast Local Land Services has welcomed prominent local professionals Patricia Walker and Gary Humphreys to its Board, appointed under the Local Land Services Act. Both new board members are well known to the region's communities.
Patricia, based in Bowraville, is the Manager of MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation providing advocacy and capacity building programs and has extensive relationships with the region's Aboriginal community.
Patricia's work is based on an ethos that when you highlight success, then communities can be responsive to change. Her aspiration is to give communities the tools needed to create positive change, particularly in her work mentoring young people.
Gary had a long career as a senior executive in the electricity sector. He is currently an adviser specialising in business strategy and holds various non-executive director roles. Gary is a non-executive director on Hastings Cooperative, bcu, and CanAssist NSW. He lives in Pot Macquarie and owns a farm at Cooperabung where he runs beef cattle.
North Coast Local Land Services Chair, Bob Smith, welcomed the broad experience and many skills the new members bring to the organisation.
Patricia said she was excited by the new role.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to connect people across the region, to create relationships and share the information, advice and support the North Coast Local Land Services team brings to our region's natural resources, agricultural and associated industries," she said.
Gary echoed Patricia's comments, saying he was looking forward to the opportunity to build on the work of Local Land Services in the region.
Mr Smith paid tribute to retiring Board members Mark Bulley and Tom Cooper.
Patricia and Gary join Joanne Brodie and Bob Smith (Chair) as the Minister-appointed Board members for North Coast Local Land Services, with the elected representatives being Neil Summerville, Tom Amey and Trevor Wilson.