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Forest and Wood Products Australia announces Board changes and new Chair

Craig Taylor has been elected as Chair of the Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) Board, following the retirement of incumbent Chair John Simon.

Under the FWPA Constitution, the Chair is elected by fellow Directors at the first Board meeting following the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on Thursday 22 October.

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Taylor said he was delighted and humbled to be elected.

“I had the good fortune to serve on the FWPA Board under the leadership of previous Chairs Ron Adams and John Simon, and plan to use that experience to help continue the important work of FWPA,” said Mr Taylor.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and industry stakeholders on the upcoming independent performance review and the review of our strategic plan, so that we can continue to provide relevant and effective services to the industry and the Government.”

Mr Taylor has more than 30 years of management and consulting experience across primary industries, sustainable resource management, supply chain management, and sales and marketing, mostly in the plantation forestry sector.

As Director and Principal of The Fifth Estate Consultancy, Mr Taylor provides strategy, business development and investment advice to businesses in the resources and primary production sectors.

In addition, Mr Taylor has provided strategy development and investment advice to some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest forest and wood products companies. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

“Craig is a long-time supporter of FWPA and advocate for the forestry industry. His passion and enthusiasm for the sector are admirable, and we are excited for Craig to lead the Board through FWPA’s next chapter, as we undertake a major refresh of our strategic direction,” said Ric Sinclair, FWPA’s Managing Director.

Mr Taylor’s appointment comes following the retirement of John Simon, following five years in the role and eight years as a Non-executive Director.

Also departing the Board following the 2020 AGM are Jim Henneberry, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, and Brian Farmer, Chair of the Growers Research Advisory Committee.

“I would like to acknowledge John, Jim and Brian for their longstanding commitment to FWPA and their contributions to the sector more broadly,” Mr Sinclair said.

“Each has played an instrumental role in helping to drive countless FWPA successes and achievements. Their work has made a lasting, tangible and hugely positive impact on the forest and wood products industry, and we thank them for it.”

During the AGM proceedings, members re-elected Christine Briggs to the Board, and Nick Roberts was elected. Nick was previously an FWPA Director from 2009 to 2012.

“We are delighted to welcome Nick back to the Board, and congratulate Christine on her re-election,” said Mr Sinclair.

“Both bring invaluable skills and knowledge to the table, which will support our ongoing mission of growing the market for forest and wood products, increasing productivity, and ensuring positive environmental and social outcomes.”

FWPA’s first ever virtual AGM was a great success, and was attended by 56 people with participation by members and industry representatives from across the forest and wood products supply chain.



Media enquiries

Ric Sinclair, Managing Director, FWPA

Mobile:             0407 329 372

Email:              ric.sinclair@fwpa.com.au

Posted Date: October 23, 2020

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