Role of the Board of Management

The Board of Management is collectively responsible for the long-term performance, business success and timely delivery of Government's key priorities for the department.

The Board's role is to provide leadership and decision making that sets the strategic direction of the department to enable it to meet its goals and objectives, in particular:

  • Establish and communicate the department's policy direction and accompanying strategic priorities through the department's strategic plan. This includes ongoing review of performance against goals.
  • Champion corporate governance and risk management, including strategic investment, structures, internal controls and culture, across the department
  • Provide strategic decision making leadership that will further the department's purpose, its policies and strategic direction
  • Monitor the effective, efficient and ethical manner in which the department delivers its service standards
  • Coordinate the overall efforts of the entire department by engendering a system of cooperation and empowerment
  • Role model of the values and behaviours expected of all employees

Profiles of the Board of Management

Dr Beth Woods, Director-General

Dr Beth Woods is the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she leads development initiatives to deliver an innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth has served on the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council. She has chaired the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the National Drought Policy Review and the International Rice Research Institute. She was a member of the Australian Rural R&D Council (2011-2012) and a member of the World Bank’s Agricultural Pull Mechanism expert panel. She is currently Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang and part of the CGIAR network of independent research centres administered through the World Bank.

Malcolm Letts, Deputy Director-General, Agriculture

Malcolm was born and raised in the Northern Territory and has worked with the Queensland government for 23 years. During this time, he has been instrumental in designing and delivering extension and frontline service components of major restructures in the dairy and sugar industries. Prior to the new regional arrangements he held the position of Executive Regional Director of South East Region in the former Department of Employment and Economic Development and Innovation. For five years he was also responsible for the trade and investment area of the food and agribusiness industries. Malcolm has a particular interest in supply chain improvement and in modernising extension and broader service delivery to better meet the needs of food and agribusiness companies.

Scott Spencer, Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry

Scott was appointed Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry on September 2, 2013, after being Managing Director for Fisheries since February 2013. Scott was the Director-General of the former Department of Natural Resources and Water, and Chair of Sun Water Limited, and brings more than 30 years of experience in government and beyond. Scott was recently Chair of the East Coast Net Fishery BuyBack Working Group, and has been involved with fisheries in various roles including Secretary for the Queensland Fish Management Authority in the 1980s. Scott grew up in Brisbane and joined the state's public service in 1978. He holds qualifications in Economics.

Leith Brown, Deputy Director-General, Corporate

Leith is the Deputy Director-General, Corporate and works for both DAF and Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Leith holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and an Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a member and Government representative of the Queensland Agriculture Training Colleges Board. She has extensive financial and business experience drawn from her time spent in both private and public sector roles. Leith possesses high-level experience in commercial finance, organisational change management, project management, information and communications technology, strategic investment planning and activity-based costing.

Jim Thompson, Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland

Jim grew up in Tamworth in north western New South Wales, studied in Sydney and then worked in the northern New South Wales tablelands before coming to Queensland in 1992. Jim has worked in various government agencies in Queensland (including Agriculture, Natural Resources and Mines and the Environment) and in NSW in research, policy and management roles. He has tertiary qualifications in science, wildlife and pest animal management and public sector management. As Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland, Jim heads up Queensland's efforts in the management of animal and plant pests and diseases, invasive species and animal welfare and chemical use.

Wayne Hall, Executive Director, Agri-Science Queensland

Wayne has led our Agri-Science Queensland (ASQ) business group since late 2015. He brings to ASQ his many years of experience working in rural industries. Beginning his career as a vet, he then moved on to become a research scientist, even working for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries almost 20 years ago. More recently though, Wayne worked as an R&D manager for Meat and Livestock Australia. Wayne holds a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland.

Mike Richards, Acting Chief Finance Officer

Mike is currently the acting Chief Financial Officer for both the DAF and the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants. Mike has over 40 years experience in the Queensland public sector and has worked in a number of departments over his career. He provides strategic leadership and advice on the financial management of the department including budgeting, managing financial risk, financial policies, accounting and reporting, asset management and internal controls assurance frameworks, and providing strategic financial advice to the Board of Management.

Last updated 25 May 2017