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Our board

The following people are appointed as Board members or attend Board meetings for the current term.

 Members of the Board

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Mrs Narelle Underwood

President of BOSSI
Surveyor General of NSW

Narelle Underwood is Surveyor-General of NSW and president of BOSSI. A major role within State Government she is responsible for the leadership and regulation of the land and mining surveying profession and plays a key advocacy role in the geospatial industry.

Narelle chairs the BOSSI Finance & Audit and Discipline committees and is a BOSSI examiner.

A graduate of UNSW Narelle has over fifteen years’ experience across land development, urban, rural, and infrastructure survey projects having worked in both private industry and NSW public service. She is also chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB), the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council (SMIC) and the NSW Surveying Task force.

Narelle is a champion for women in leadership and STEM based careers. In December 2018 Narelle was announced as one of 60 Superstars of STEM, a program run by Science and Technology Australia to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and engineers and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.

In 2018 Narelle was listed in the inaugural NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women and was recently announced as a winner of the Emerging Leader in the Government or Public Sector category of the national Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

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Mr David Job

NSW Public Service (Office of the Registrar General)

David Job is currently the Director Cadastral Integrity in the Office of the Registrar General (ORG) with over 35 years extensive experience in cadastral boundary surveying in NSW.

As Director of Cadastral Integrity in the Office of the Registrar General (ORG), one of his roles as a Regulator is to oversee the operations of the privatized NSW Land Registry Services to ensure the integrity of the survey cadastre and maintain public confidence in the Torrens Title register.

David was the former Principal Cadastral Surveyor at LPI for 7 years and had been employed there as a registered surveyor since 1993. He was the Registrar General’s nominee as an advisor to the BOSSI on cadastral matters.

David is currently a member of the BOSSI, as the nominee of the Public Service. He is also the Chief Examiner for the BOSSI candidate exams.




Anthony Margetts

Representing Minister for Mineral Resources





Ms Katie Wallace

Representing Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation

Katie Wallace is a qualified lawyer and maintains a current practising certificate. Katie is the Manager of the Disciplinary Action Unit in NSW Fair Trading and delegated decision maker of the Commissioner for Fair Trading, Department of Customer Service. 

Katie has worked for the NSW Government for over 15 years and has experience in undertaking disciplinary action, criminal prosecutions, civil litigation and investigations. 

Katie holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Social Psychology and Social Research), a Diploma of Management, Certificate III in Corporate Investigations and Certificate III in Investigation Report Writing.






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Mr Charles Fransen

Institution of Surveyors NSW 



Charles Fransen completed his Bachelor of Surveying degreeat UNSW in 1985. Working for 4 years in private practice based in Sydney CBD,he moved to Albury in 1990 for “temporary” rural surveying experience. Enjoyingthe regional lifestyle and rural working environment, he is still based inAlbury.

Charles obtained his Certificate of Competency and registrationas a Land Surveyor in 1991. He worked in private practice until 2016, when heaccepted employment at Albury City Council. Apart from his work as a registeredLand Survey, his work now also includes the management of Crown and Councilland, assisting in Geographic Information System (GIS) maintenance, AboriginalLand Claim assessments, and historic land status investigations. Charles alsohas experience in defining the NSW/Victoria state border.

He has taught basic surveying to Building and Constructionstudents at Riverina TAFE in Albury, and assisted in survey camps for Diplomaof Surveying students

Charles has been a past chairman of the Murray Group of theInstitution of Surveyors (NSW & Vic), and has been a director of ISNSWsince 2014.

Charles is also a Native Title Manager, recognised under theCrown Land Management Act 2016.

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Ms Victoria Tester

Institution of Surveyors NSW 

Vicki Tester is a Registered Land Surveyor with over a decade of experience in the industry.  She represents the Institution of Surveyors NSW on the Board and is a Fellow of that Institution.

Vicki works in private industry where she is a partner at SDG. She is involved with a wide variety of projects including strata and stratum subdivisions and large greenfield developments and is heavily involved with training of the companies graduate surveyors and BOSSI Candidates.

Vicki is widely engaged in the profession being involved with various committees including being a member of the ISNSW SP&L Committee and chair of the EISSI Committee. She is also an examiner for the BOSSI candidate exams.




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Mr Peter Baxter

Institution of Surveyors NSW 



Peter Baxter is a practising registered land surveyor in NSW. He was registered in 1983 and has worked in Sydney and rural areas since registration. He is also a licensed strata manager and holds a Certificate IV in Government Investigation.

Mr Baxter is an Institution of Surveyors NSW elected representative and was appointed to BOSSI in 2016. He is a member of the Boards finance & audit committee, spatial information committee and professional audit and investigation committee. He is also an examiner at the Boards exams.

He has been employed in both the public and private sectors. He has a wide variety of experience including survey investigation, high rise, underground and open cut coal & hard rock mining, rural and urban subdivisions, strata and community title development, spatial information and GPS surveys. He has prepared numerous planning submissions including state significant development and Environmental Impact Statements.

He is currently a director of a charitable financial institution and is chairman of the not for profit ISNSW Benevolent Association. He has taught CAD & strata management at TAFE and is a regular presenter on a diverse range of topics at surveying and law seminars.

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Nicolas Tucker

Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors Ltd

Nicolas Tucker is a Registered Mining (Unrestricted) Surveyor in New South Wales. He is currently the Senior Surveyor at an underground coal mine in the Illawarra region. Nicolas has over ten years’ experience with open-cut and underground coal mines, subsidence & infrastructure management and monitoring.

He is passionate about collaboration for continuous improvement of survey methodologies and utilising new technology to do so. 

Nicolas completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Surveying & Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2008, completed his registration in 2012 and was awarded the Clarence Smith Jefferies Award. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining Surveyors (AIMS), a member of the Land & Mining Committee and an examiner for the BOSSI Candidate exams.




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Dr Lloyd Pilgrim

University of Newcastle

Dr Pilgrim is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle.  He is the Program Convener for the Bachelor of Surveying undergraduate Degree programs at The University of Newcastle.  He is a member of the Institution of Surveyors NSW (ISNSW), Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, and the Metrology Society of Australasia.

He holds a Bachelor of Surveying  (Hons 1) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Surveying) from The university of Newcastle.

Dr Pilgrim has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors of the surveying profession, including the management of a consulting survey practice in Sydney. He has also held academic appointments at The University of Sydney and The University of Newcastle.  Prior to his current academic appointment Dr Pilgrim was the Corporate Risk Manager for an international surveying and spatial information organisation.




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Ms Roshni Sharma

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute 


Roshni Sharma is an experienced spatial professional with FrontierSI. In addition to being a BOSSI board member, she is a board member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Chair of the Hunter Environmental Institute. She is dedicated to furthering the Australian geospatial industry, taking an active role in hosting a number of webinars and events, as well as in the organisation of several national and international conferences.

Roshni is an advocate for women in STEMM, and is one of 80 women selected internationally to join Homeward Bound 5. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the industry, contributing the Diversity and Inclusion Network, and running the SSSI Mentoring Program as Chair of the SSSI National Young Professionals.

Roshni holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) from UoN, Master of Science (Geosciences) from USYD and Master of Science and Technology (Spatial Information) from UNSW.





Ms Venessa O'Connell

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Venessa O’Connell is a dual NSW Registered Land surveyor and Level 1 certified hydrographic surveyor with Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. She represents the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

Venessa is the Group Survey Manager at the Port Authority of NSW with extensive experience in coastal zone management undertaking land and hydrographic surveys in NSW Ports. She has worked with the Port Authority for 18 years and prior to that as a land surveyor at the NSW Lands Department and Land Titles Office. Venessa served as an Officer in the Army Reserves Littoral and Riverine Survey Squadron for 17 years. Venessa has been widely engaged in the profession throughout her career serving time on the ISNSW Board and SSSI Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel. She is currently a representative to Survey Mapping Managers Forum NSW, Survey Mapping Industry Council NSW and ICSM Tides and Sea Level Working Group.


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Mr Michael Lamont

Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW

MichaelLamont is a practising registered land surveyor with almost 40 years’experience behind him, mainly working in the Mid-North and North Coast regionsof the state.  He holds a GraduateDiploma in Urban & Regional Planning and is the Managing Director ofResource Design & Management (RDM), a multi-disciplinary company based inCoffs Harbour.

Heacknowledges that the surveying and spatial environment in which we work is ina constant state of change.  The futureis certainly going to be digital and he wants to ensure that surveyors andtheir businesses remain agile and prepared to meet the challenges ahead. 

Michael is apast President of the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW and has beenheavily involved in the delivery of the Town Planning workshops undertaken by themfor candidate surveyors aspiring to become registered.  He has also been an active long-term memberof the Institution of Surveyors and their North Coast Group.




 Advisors / observers

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Mr Jeff Brown

Surveyor General of the ACT

Jeff Brown has been theSurveyor-General of the ACT for five years. Jeff has been involved in thesurveying and spatial profession for over 40 years and is a Registered Surveyorin both NSW and the ACT. The majority of Jeff’s career has been in privatepractice including managing his own business for 23 years. During his careerJeff has worked on projects in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland andNorthern Territory having held Registration /Licences in Victoria, Queenslandand NT.

The ACT Office of theSurveyor-General and Land Information and BOSSI work together on several sharedresponsibilities under a MOU. Hence Jeff attends BOSSI meetings as an observerand is a member of the Land and Mining Commission and Professional Audit andInvestigation Committee.

Jeff is a member of theIntergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) and the CombinedReciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand (CRSBANZ). He wasrecently appointed as the ICSM lead to the Place Names Australasia WorkingGroup (PCAWG) and is the Co-Chair of the ACT Place Names Committee.


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Mr Gavin Watson

Young Surveyor Advisor

Gavin Watson is a dual Registered Land and Mining (unrestricted) Surveyor in NSW. He is currently a Registered Land Surveyor for Allen Price and Scarratts, a multi-disciplinary land development consulting company operating in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. 

Gavin progressed from the TAFE NSW Diploma of Surveying to the University of New South Wales Bachelor of Engineering in Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours. 

He has over fifteen years of experience in a variety of urban, rural, strata, community title, construction and mine survey projects having worked for a large mining company, small and medium size land development consultancies. He is a member of Institution of Surveyors NSW (ISNSW) and the Australian Institute of Mining Surveyors (AIMS).








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Mr Shane Oates

DCS Spatial Services


Shane Oates is the Registrar of BOSSI, having been appointed to the role in June 2018.

Previously, Shane worked within the BOSSI Secretariat from 2004 to 2013 before transferring to various roles within DCS Spatial Services, most recently as a Senior Spatial Technician before coming back to BOSSI in 2018.

Shane completed a Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (GIS) with Distinction from the University of Southern Queensland in 2020. 








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