James McTavish was appointed NSW Cross Border Commissioner in July 2014. As the Commissioner, he advocates for businesses, organisations and residents in border communities.
Mr McTavish has held appointments as Infantry Officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Murrumbidgee Region Controller for the NSW State Emergency Service. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Royal Military College Duntroon, and the Australian Command and Staff College. Mr McTavish holds a diverse range of qualifications including a Bachelor's degree in Science (Geography) from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor's degree in Science (Animal Production) from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies (Business) from the University of New South Wales. He is also a registered woolclasser.
Mr McTavish was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding service as the Chief of Staff Army Recruit Training Centre (Kapooka) in the Australia Day Honours List in 2010. He was also awarded the Emergency Services Medal (ESM) for outstanding service as Murrumbidgee Region Controller, NSW State Emergency Service in the Australia Day Honours List in 2013.