Organisational structure

The RAA’s organisational structure allows for a flexible and responsive customer service focus and ensures assistance is provided to rural communities and small businesses effectively and efficiently.

RAA Board

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority Board is accountable to the Minister for Agriculture and is responsible for: reporting to the Minister on the effectiveness of programs of assistance; the performance of the Authority in the delivery of assistance; and determining the general policies of the Authority. In undertaking these functions, the Board aims to ensure that the activities of the Authority are carried out properly and efficiently.

The RAA Board charter is in place to guide the activity and focus of the Board and set out how the Board will operate.

Chief Executive

Chief Executive of the RAA, Mr Sean O’Connell is responsible for leading the organisation and provides a link between the Board members who are independent, and the Government.

The Management team includes five managers:

Policy & Governance

Mr Tim Gippel FGIA, Manager Policy & Governance, leads policy development and delivery, and with his team provides advice to the RAA’s Director and Board, Ministers and Department on programs, financial assistance and rural adjustment schemes. Tim also manages the Board secretariat, oversees the Farm Debt Mediation Unit and the RAA Audit and Risk Committee.

Program Administration - Loans

Ms Alli Gartrell leads and manages the delivery of key parts of the RAA’s program portfolio with a focus on loans. Alli is also responsible for leading and developing her team to embed best practice operational tools and processes to support efficient program delivery aligned to governance and risk frameworks.

Program Administration - Grants

Ms Justine Dimond leads and manages the delivery of key parts of the RAA’s program portfolio with a focus on grants and subsidies. Justine is also responsible for leading and developing her team to embed best practice operational tools and processes to support efficient program delivery aligned to governance and risk frameworks.

Strategic Financial Reporting

Mr James Ovenstone is responsible for strategic reporting for the RAA and manages key relationships including with NSW Treasury, DRNSW’s Corporate Finance, Strategy and Policy, and Corporate Service Partners (CSP) . James also has a key role in managing and monitoring financial risk for the RAA.