ABOUT LANDCARE NSW
Landcare NSW Limited is the peak body for community Landcare in NSW. The primary purpose of the organisation is to serve as a ‘resource advocate’ to ensure that the thousands of Landcarers in NSW have all they need to care for our land, environment and communities.
Landcare NSW has recently gone through a process of governance renewal. As part of that process, the organisation will transition from a representative Executive Committee to an independent Board structure. For the first time, open elections will be held later in 2022.
The organisation is now incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and the board will be composed of six Ordinary Directors, elected by Landcare NSW member groups and four Independent directors who will be appointed by the Nominations Committee for three-year terms.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
As a representative body, it is important for Landcare NSW to demonstrate that its Board of Directors have been democratically elected. We have created six Board Electoral Zones which will each elect a Director to the Board of Landcare NSW.
To ensure a smooth transition to the new Board structure, the elections are staggered so that two Ordinary Directors are elected each year.
In 2022, two Ordinary Directors will be elected by the member groups in two newly formed electoral zones:
- The Western Electoral Zone – the boundaries of which correspond to the boundaries of NSW LLS Western Regional boundaries
- The Central West/Central Tablelands Electoral Zone – the boundaries of which correspond to the combined boundaries of the NSW LLS Central West and Central Tablelands regions.
Candidates for Ordinary Director positions must normally reside within the geographic boundaries of the region they wish to represent. Here is a LINK to a map to help you determine if you qualify to run in one of the two elections.
Candidates for Ordinary Director positions must be a member of a local Landcare NSW member group or a District Network. These candidates will need to verify their membership by having their nomination form signed by the secretary of the local association (must be incorporated) or by the district network association or regional association (if local group is unincorporated).
If you live in the Western or Central West/Central Tablelands Board electoral zones, you should consider standing for the Board.
In addition, up to two Independent Directors will be appointed by the Nominations Committee, including one Director who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
This year, we are particularly interested in receiving nominations from people who have the following skills needed on the Board:
- Knowledge of, or work experience in government/political experience
- Human resource/culture skills and experience
- Experience in information communications technology (eg. digitalisation) and/or fundraising
Landcare NSW is committed to ensuring that its Board reflects the diversity of the Landcare NSW membership across the state. All Landcarers are welcome, but we would be particularly interested in hearing from women, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.
Nominations will be open to individuals who wish to lodge an expression of interest from 6 June to 15 August 2022. All nominated candidates must be vetted and approved by the Nominations Committee before proceeding to the election in the case of Ordinary Director candidates, and appointment in the case of Independent Director candidates.
Elections for Ordinary Directors will be held by electronic ballot online from 1 – 30 September 2022. Successful candidates will be announced at the November 2022 Annual General Meeting and will take office at the first Board meeting thereafter.
|6 June – 15 August||Nominations open – potential candidates lodge an expression of interest form with Landcare NSW|
|6 June – 15 August||Nominations Committee interviews prospective candidates|
|1 – 10 August||Nominations Committee vets applications to ensure that all requirements for nomination are met|
|15 August||Nominated candidates announced|
|15 August||Candidate statements published on www.landcarensw.org.au|
|1 September||Online ballots for the election of Ordinary Directors issued to appointed representatives of local Landcare NSW member groups within the two Electoral Zones|
|30 September||Online voting closes|
|Nov 2022||New Board announced at 2022 Annual General Meeting|
|Nov 2022||New Board takes office immediately following the AGM|
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL DIRECTORS
There are typically six – eight board meetings each year. A combination of in-person and online meetings will be held. However, directors will be able to attend in-person meetings virtually if they are unable to travel. Directors are not remunerated; however, all out-of-pocket travel costs will be covered.
According to the constitution, all persons who seek nomination must meet the following criteria:
- the person supports the purpose and objects of Landcare NSW as outlined in the Landcare NSW Limited Constitution (draft until company registered)
- the person has consented in writing to be a Director;
- the person is not an Employee of any Landcare organisation or NSW Landcare Program;
- the person is not ineligible to be a Director under:
- the Corporations Act (Cwlth 2001); or
- the ACNC Legislation;
- the person has suitable qualifications, skills and experience to discharge the functions of a Director;
- the person has secured a Director Identification Number from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, prior to nomination; and,
- the person has been approved as a candidate by the Nominations Committee;
At its first meeting, the directors will elect from among themselves a chair, a treasurer and a vice-chair and secretary for one-year terms. The term limits for the chair and the treasurer will be set aside, allowing those individuals to normally serve for up to two three-year terms in addition to whatever time they have previously spent on the Board of Landcare NSW. All directors may stand for election as an office bearer, except for the position of chair which will be restricted to those directors who have previously served one term on the Board (or, the previous Executive Committee). All directors may be asked to serve on sub-committees of the Board and general committees of the Company from time-to-time.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
If you are interested in standing for the Board of Landcare NSW or know of someone who you think has the skills we are looking for, please lodge an expression of interest form or get in touch with Nominations Committee Chair Gareth Johnston via email on email@example.com
The constitution of Landcare NSW Limited herein is in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).