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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
  • Provide a 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 Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and is currently Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council. She chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017. She is Queensland "Government Champion" for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

Malcolm Letts, Acting Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland

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 2 September 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 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.

Bernadette Ditchfield, Acting Deputy Director-General, Agriculture

Bernadette is currently the A/Deputy-Director General of Agriculture. With over 20 years experience in both the private and public sectors, Bernadette has held senior roles in the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Treasury and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Bernadette has an extensive background in policy development and service delivery.

Bernadette was born and raised in Brisbane, but has deep connection with regional and rural Queensland.

Evan Hill, Acting Deputy Director-General, Corporate

Evan is the acting Deputy Director-General, Corporate and works for both DAF and Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games.

Evan joins us from the former Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) where he was appointed to the role of Deputy Director-General, Corporate. During his time in DSITI, Evan built the foundations needed to increase value to the agency, increase influence and collaboration, and increase the pace and quality of all Corporate functions.

Evan has also held senior executive positions in Arts, fulfilling various roles including Acting Deputy Director-General and Executive Director, Arts Corporate, Property and Services. He successfully developed and delivered the Cultural Precinct Strategy, managed the $1 billion state-owned arts and cultural infrastructure portfolio, and through the Corporate Administration Agency managed shared corporate service operations to 25 government agencies.

Evan has over 28 years experience in the public sector and is a graduate of the Executive Masters of Public Administration through ANZSOG.