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

Jack Noye, Director-General

Jack has held executive roles in policy, management, service delivery and inter-government relations in the federal and state public sectors in central and line agencies. Jack was previously Director-General of the former Department of Local Government and Planning. He has also spent time in the private sector, providing advice on policy, management and service delivery to federal and state agencies. He has tertiary qualifications in public administration, economics and management.

Dr Beth Woods, Deputy Director-General, Agriculture

Beth completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics at Oxford University. She worked with the former Department of Primary Industries as an agricultural extension officer in the dairy, cropping and potato industries and was Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Queensland. In 2004 she took up the role as Executive Director of R&D Strategy in the former Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. As Deputy Director-General, Beth leads agriculture development initiatives that aim to deliver a highly efficient, innovative, productive and successful Queensland agriculture sector. Beth was also responsible for the fisheries and forestry portfolios until September 2, 2013.

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.

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.

John Chapman, Managing Director, Agri-Science Queensland

John leads the Agri-Science Queensland (ASQ) business group within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  Employing over 700 staff, this group provides research, development and extension services to the major animal, plant, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries industries of Queensland. ASQ also provides direct funding for research to the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at the University of Queensland, other tertiary institutes and Sugar Research Australia. John has been leading ASQ since 2010 and prior to that he was the General Manager, Horticulture and Forestry Science. He has added a Master of Business Administration to his science qualification and has a career long interest in staff self development. His major focus for ASQ is to lead staff to help drive the productivity gains in tropical and subtropical agriculture that will keep Queensland farming operations profitable.

Malcolm Letts, Executive Director, Industry and Regional Services

Malcolm was born and raised in the Northern Territory and has worked with the Queensland government for 19 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.

Marcia Hoffmann, Deputy Director-General, Corporate

Marcia joined us in May 2013 as Deputy Director-General, Corporate and works for both DAFF and the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Marcia has a substantial career in public sector administration and executive management in Commonwealth, territory and state jurisdictions and most recently held the position of Chief Executive with the NT Department of Transport. She has specialised in leading large multi-disciplinary teams, strategic direction setting and corporate governance, social and employment policy, major change and commercialisation initiatives, transport and service delivery reform. Marcia had previously been with the Queensland Public Service for 12 years until early 2011 when she moved to the Northern Territory.

Leith Brown, Chief Finance Officer

Leith is the Chief Finance Officer for both DAFF and the 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 and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. 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.

Last updated 02 January 2014