Our 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.

Dr Beth Woods, Director-General

Malcolm Letts, Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland

Malcolm was born and raised in the Northern Territory and has worked with the Queensland government for 26 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 held the role of Chief Biosecurity Officer since October 2017 during which time he has led some national discussions around R&D priorities for biosecurity in Australia.

Malcolm Letts, Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland

Bernadette Ditchfield, Deputy Director-General, Agriculture

Bernadette is responsible for leading the development of policies, research and initiatives that lift the productivity of Queensland’s food and fibre businesses. Bernadette has an extensive background in policy development and service delivery, coupled with a strong industry development focus. Bernadette is also responsible for leading the department’s FutureDAF initiative, which works with all departmental staff to drive innovation and a culture of continuous improvement.

Bernadette has more than 20 years experience in the private and public sectors, and has held senior roles in the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Treasury and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Bernadette Ditchfield, Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry

Sinead McCarthy, Deputy Director-General, Corporate

Sinead is the Deputy Director-General, Corporate. In this role Sinead holds responsibility for the delivery of a broad range of corporate services to enable the department to deliver against its strategic objectives.

Sinead’s previous position was as Chief Counsel of In-house Legal in the Business and Corporate Partnership. In this role she led a team in providing legal services to a number of state government departments including the portfolio areas of natural resources, energy, mining, tourism, national parks, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity.

Sinead has almost twenty years’ experience with the public sector, both in Queensland and in the civil service in the United Kingdom.

Sinead McCarthy,  Deputy Director-General, Corporate

Graeme Bolton, Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry

Born and raised in North Queensland, Graeme spent the first part of his career in the private sector as a director in a planning and surveying consultancy. Joining the public service in 2004, he was instrumental in leading and delivering a major IT project and major reforms to Queensland’s planning legislation. Graeme also spent five years in the Middle East where he was responsible for the delivery of Qatar’s national growth and development strategy, strategic planning for the new metropolitan rail network and precinct and legacy planning for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Upon returning to Australia, Graeme took up a senior executive role with the Townsville City Council before re-joining the Queensland government with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Graeme joins the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as part of the Senior Executive Service Mobility Program, having recently spent five weeks as the Acting Chief Biosecurity Officer.

Graeme Bolton, Acting Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry