The RAA Advisory Board consists of the Chief Executive and six part-time members who are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries. In accordance with the Rural Assistance Act 1989, two of the part-time members are appointed to represent farmers; two have specific qualifications and experience in banking or finance, farm management or an associated area; and two have backgrounds in social welfare, rural counselling, conservation or other areas the Minister considers necessary to enable the Board to carry out its functions.
The Chair of the Advisory Board, and the five other members, are all independent from the NSW Government and are appointed following an externally advertised application process. A Declaration of Interests register is maintained, and at each meeting, Board members must disclose any conflicts of interest in relation to their role or the matters under discussion in the Board meeting.
The term of office for appointed members is for a period not exceeding three years with members eligible for re-appointment for a further three year term.
Andrew Rice, BRurSc
Joanna Balcomb, GAICD, FCA, BBus (Accounting)
Charlie Blomfield, B.AgrSc
Louise Clarke, BBus
Elizabeth Lyne, BBus CPA GAICD
Derek Schoen, MAICD