Tom Boon
CEO, Taranakipine, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Tom Boon has been a part of the New Zealand forest industry for over 25 years. He joined Taranakipine in 2007 as CEO and shareholder after a long career within corporate forestry and wood processing companies in both NZ and Australia.

Originally staring his career as a forester, Tom after a few years became interested in the conversion of the trees he was growing into high value finished wood products. This interest has not waned and Tom now leads Taranakipine which specialises in the manufacturing and marketing of engineered pine building products sold to both local and export markets. The latest company venture is the launch of Woodspan PLT panels providing the construction industry ex-factory direct install mass-timber panels for floors and roofs.

His ambition for a successful and durable NZ wood manufacturing industry has led him to be actively involved in the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association over the past ten years.

Jim Bowden
Managing Editor, Timber & Forestry eNews, Australia

Jim Bowden has had more than 50 years as a rural journalist and is a foundation member of the Rural Press Club. He established the Australian Timberman in 1977; had roles of chief of staff, associate editor and European correspondent for Country Life; author and publisher of 5 books on agriculture, and has been the managing editor of Timber and Forestry eNews since its foundation in 2007. 

During the course of his career, Jim has led timber industry trade missions to Germany, China, New Zealand, Philippines, USA and South America. 

Jim is a life member and three term president of the Brisbane Hoo-Hoo Timber Industry Club 218.

Eric Cai
Marketing Manager, China Forest Group, New Zealand

Eric is the Marketing Manager of China Forest Group, New Zealand. He has had 9 years’ experience in the timber business industry in China with a good knowledge of the whole log supply-chain industry from the overseas forests resource investment and management to the manufacturers in China.

Prior to joining CFG, he was timber sales manager for another state owned company in China, spending 7 years’ expanding the local market for soft logs from New Zealand, Australia, North America and Europe. He has an understanding of how the China market works for different species of soft logs and lumber products from all over the world. Following this he moved to NZ and was consulting to China based companies with regard to investing in forest assets in NZ.

Phil Cottle
Senior Agricultural Underwriter, Pardus, London, UK

Phil Cottle is the Head of Forestry for ForestRe, the forest underwriting unit within Globe Underwriting Ltd. based in the City of London.

As the world’s oldest forestry underwriter Phil is known throughout the international reinsurance markets. His mission has always been to de-risk investment into all forms of forestry made by governments, global forestry investment institutions to community reforestation schemes. In his early career Phil was involved in agricultural extension & training among peoples of the Pacific islands, Central Africa and in the UK.

Phil has a wealth of experience of natural hazard impacts on many types of forestry. Technical skill areas include project risk analysis, technical support to investors and insurers, and design of agricultural and forestry insurance products world-wide. With his team he has developed many national and provincial crop and forestry insurance schemes and rubber crop portfolio protection. Crop schemes include a national rice crop in Malaysia, crop insurance programmes in Syria, Sudan and forest provincial fire fighting cost protection in Alberta Canada.

Phil holds an MSc in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development with a BSc in Agriculture and Tropical Crops from Reading University.

Andrew Crisp
Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting, London, UK

Andrew Crisp has a BSc (Forestry) and BEcon from Australian National University, and has worked for Pöyry in their Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore and London offices.

Andrew has 18 years of experience in the forest industry and has previously worked for State Forests New South Wales as a resources forester and merchandising forester. He has undertaken a number of feasibility studies, wood market reviews, forest valuations and due diligence exercises. 

Andrew has also undertaken fieldwork on a number of projects in both plantation and natural forests in China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Russia, Congo, Suriname and Guyana. He has a deep understanding of the main forestry regions and resources in the world and end product markets in China.

Dr Geoff Derrick
Consultant Geologist, Retired

Geoff Derrick graduated with Honours and PhD from UQ 1963/1978, and worked with BMR-AGSO (the Federal earth science agencies) 1964-1980 in the Kimberley and Mt Isa regions, then consulted in Australia and overseas from 1980 to the present. He has specialised in the Mt Isa Inlier and their Pb-Zn deposits, and visited the Sullivan and Red Dog mines in the US. Consulting occurred in Namibia, Pakistan and PNG, and presentations made to international conferences in Australia, Paris, Canada and the USA.

Now semi-retired, Geoff is involved in the mentoring of young geologists, and in championing Earth Science. Current interests include a dedication to climate skepticism, a field in which sound science is often sadly lacking.

Simon Dorries
CEO, Responsible Wood, Brisbane, Australia

Simon Dorries is the Chief Executive Officer of Responsible Wood (formerly the Australian Forestry Standard Ltd). Responsible Wood is accredited as a Standards Development Organisation by Standards Australia to write, maintain and updating the Australian Standards which underpin the Responsible Wood Certification System. These Standards include AS4707- Chain of Custody for Forest Products and AS4708 Sustainable Forest Management.

Commencing with the Plywood Association of Australia in 1985 as a cadet scientist while undertaking a science degree through part-time study. Simon stayed with the Plywood Association for 30 years through a number of name changes to eventually become General Manager of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia.

With over 32 years working in the Forest and Wood Products Industry, Simon has significant experience in developing product certification systems, compliance testing and assessment, delivering education and training across the Wood Products Sector, products and standards development.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and in addition to his role at Responsible Wood, Simon is currently Chair of Standards Australia Committee TM-011 Engineered Wood Products.

Jeff Fairchild
Business Development Manager, Britton Timbers, Australia

Bio to be posted shortly

John Halkett
Managing Director, Forestlands Consulting, Australia

John Halkett is the Managing Director of Sydney-based Forestlands Consulting.  The company has expertise in temperate and tropical forest management and forest-based industries. 

He is also the chief executive of the Australian Timber Importers Federation and a director of Asia Pacific Hardwoods, and co-publisher of Timber & Forestry enews.

He has held senior positions in government forest and conservation agencies in Australia and New Zealand.  John has also worked in the United States, Canada, Papua New Guinea, across Southeast Asia, Myanmar, China, Chile and Africa.  He has written six books on tree-related topics and numerous scientific papers.

Ross Hampton
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra, Australia

Mr Ross Hampton has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) since 2013.

AFPA is the peak industry body representing growers (native and plantation), processors (native and plantation) and the pulp, paper and bioproducts sector.

AFPA’s focus is on national policy making. Mr Hampton has worked as a reporter, adviser and policy advocate for the last three decades in Canberra and overseas.

Mr Hampton has been an energetic and effective champion of the issues which confront the Forestry and Forest Products sector including in the areas of training and safety, skills shortages, diversity, energy, water, climate change, trade and the environment.

Mr Hampton has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) and a member of the UN FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Based Industries (ACSFI).

Gibson Illortaminni
Chairman, Port Melville Pty Ltd, Northern Territory, Australia

Gibson Illortaminni is Chairman of Port Melville Pty Ltd, the Tiwi company responsible for the development and ongoing management of Port Melville at Melville Island, on the Apsley Strait.

Directors of Port Melville Pty Ltd are all Tiwi. The shareholder of Port Melville Pty Ltd is Pirntubula Pty Ltd, trustee for the Tiwi Islands Community Trust. Gibson is a traditional Tiwi Landowner of the Mantiyupwi clan group.

Gibson is also Deputy Chairman of Tiwi Plantations Corporation Pty Ltd, and Chairman of the Tiwi Land Council. He is on the Indigenous Working Group of the FSC Australia.

Gibson lives at Milikapiti on Melville Island. He has worked in forestry for 20 years and in community health.

Gibson has a strong commitment to developing forestry and port businesses to provide employment and income for current and future generations of Tiwi.

Dr Dominic Kain
Geneticist, Hancock Queensland Plantations, Australia

Dr. Dominic Kain has 23 years’ experience in forest genetics, and for the past 9 years has been responsible for the genetic improvement of the slash x Caribbean pine hybrid and related Pinus species in Queensland. 

Dominic studied at the ANU and North Carolina State University, and worked in Canberra and South Africa before joining HQPlantations in Queensland. 

Dominic is interested in all scientific and technical methods that can make a useful contribution to the genetic improvement of plantation value for the grower, processor and customer.  He has a career goal of doubling the productivity of Queensland’s Southern Pine plantations.


Craig Kay
National Product Engineer, Tilling Timber, Australia

Craig was appointed as a product Engineer by Tilling Timber in 1995 to plan and develop a range of Engineered Timber products for the Australian market, a positon he holds to this day. Since 1995 SmartFrame has grown to be one of the dominant providers of EWP in the Australian market. The SmartFrame software was the first software supplied by EWP producers to design I-joists, thus for the first-time allowing users the flexibility to accurately model the element being designed, instead of using printed span tables.

Craig was the senior design engineer for the revolutionary Tecbeam floor cassette system designed and manufactured by Tilling Timber used to such success in the 5 storey Australand lightweight Apartment building in Parkville, a building credited with pioneering the use of lightweight building systems in Australia.

A Professional Engineer for over 40 years, Craig represent various Wood Industry Associations on Standards Australia TM-010, TM-011 and TM-012 Committees and represents Tilling Timber on the FWPA Mid- Rise Advisory Program. He was a member of the FWPA Steering Committee on the “Long-span timber floor and framing systems for commercial buildings” research project developed at UTS in Sydney to provide long span wood-based timber floor solutions.

Dr Paul Kremer
Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Deakin University, & Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Paul Kremner has been instrumental in evolving the construction market in Australia and New Zealand over several years, in more recent times working specifically in the prebuild and panelized construction sector. Most recently Paul worked with XLam, Australia's first CLT plant.

Paul is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Engineering at Deakin University and Research Fellow at Melbourne University in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering undertaking research and supervising Masters and PhD students.

Paul is a published author with several peer-reviewed papers, is a Gottstein Fellow, and the founding editor of the Mass Timber Construction and Modern Methods of Construction journals.

Bill McCallum
Managing Director, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australasia

Bill McCallum, Managing Director, Hancock Natural Resource Group Australasia, has been working in the forest industry since 1976 and oversees the operational management of HTRG investor-owned timberlands and agricultural properties in New Zealand and Australia.

Prior to joining HNRG in 2004, Bill held positions in operations management, marketing and acquisitions with Fletcher Challenge Forests Limited in New Zealand and South America. He previously worked throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Pacific with an international forestry consulting firm.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) degree from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from the University of Otago. He has also held the posts of President of the NZ Forest Owners Association and Chairman of the Board of the Wood Council of New Zealand and currently sits on the Forest Industry Safety Council and the NZ Forest Growers Levy Trust.

Dennis Neilson
Director, DANA (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

Dennis is a Director of the New Zealand based forest industry advisory, publishing and conference and industry tour organising company, DANA (NZ) Limited.

Dennis has had previous experience in almost all aspects of the forestry and forest products sector working for Fletcher Challenge, and regularly travels to several overseas countries to update his information base on the industry. He has been a Director of TIMO, a eucalyptus plantation- owning company, and a wood export company.

Dennis has been the author/co-author of eleven editions of the New Zealand Forest Industry Sector Review, the most recent published in 2018. He co-authored the 2017 Global Tree Farm Review published by Boston based RISI. Most recently Dennis co-authored a Special Market Analysis Study entitled “Russian Timber: A Growing Force in World Trade” which was published by Fastmarkets RISI in early 2019.

2020 DANA Events include a co-organised conference with Fastmarkets RISI in New York City; Conference and Field Trips in Shanghai, China; Helsinki, Finland (a Russian Forest Industry Event); Gisborne, New Zealand; Durban, South Africa; and an Industry Tour and Seminar relating to status of the European Spruce Forest Damage.

Darryl Nicolson
Director, TimberSmart Ltd, New Zealand

Bio to be posted shortly

Tony Price
Managing Director and CEO, Midway Ltd, Australia

Tony Price is currently Managing Director and CEO of Midway Ltd, a publicly listed integrated forestry business with operations in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory Tasmania and recently commenced in New Zealand. 

Prior to joining Midway Tony held a number of senior management positions in the hardwood plantation sector and has also run his own consultancy business. He has around 30 years experience in all facets of the forest industry, but has a particular interest in harvesting, processing and marketing. 

Tony holds a bachelor of Science (Forestry) from the Australian National University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and has attended the International Executive Programme at INSEAD in France.

Kim Puruntatameri
Chairman, Tiwi Plantations Corporation Pty Ltd, Northern Territory, Australia

Kim Puruntatameri is Chairman of Tiwi Plantations Corporation Pty Ltd, Trustee for the Tiwi Plantations Corporation Trust. The objectives of the Trust are to alleviate poverty, and to support educational, religious, cultural, social and other beneficial outcomes for the Tiwi people.

TPC is owned by Tiwi; directors and shareholders are all Tiwi. Kim is also a Director of the sister company Port Melville Pty Ltd.

Kim is a strongly traditional Tiwi Elder from the Munupi people, one of the eight Tiwi landowning groups on Melville and Bathurst Islands. Kim is the Munupi Trustee on the Tiwi Aboriginal Land Trust and a member of the Tiwi Land Council.

Kim lives at Wurrimiyanga on Bathurst Island. As a father and grandfather, Kim has a strong commitment to developing forestry and port businesses to provide employment and income for current and future generations of Tiwi.

Ric Sinclair
Managing Director, Forest & Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA), Australia

Ric Sinclair is Managing Director for Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), which is the industry-owned services company responsible for R&D investments, wood promotion and standards co-ordination, and statistics collection for the sector.

Innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement are the cornerstone of all FWPA activities. Over the last eight years, the company has substantially lifted support for forest and wood products, by both consumers and building specifiers, through its research, market development and promotion activities.

Ric has broad industry experience in both the forest and wood products sector and the food sector in the area of public policy, operations, corporate finance and strategy. He has a forestry degree from ANU and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Adan Taylor
Chair of Australian Forest Contractors Association, Australia

After 14 years in public accounting culminating in the attainment of CPA qualification, Adan joined his parents logging company in 2004.  In 2016 Adan took on full ownership of GMT Logging, which harvests approximately 260,000 tonnes per annum clear fall Hoop (Araucaria) pine and 35,000 tonnes per annum Southern Pine thinnings under contract to HQPlantations.  Hoop Pine grows in the mountain ranges of South East Queensland and as such presents the risks of steep county logging, including a requirement to harvest trees using cable systems. 

In 2014 Adan was asked to join the board of AFCA and was elected to Chairman in 2016.  AFCA represents the interests of Forest Contractors (Harvest, Haulage & Silviculture) at State & Federal levels.   It also administers the Forest Contractors “Hall of Fame” to recognise the contribution contractors make to their local communities, and the AUSTimber forestry show every 4 years.

Lisa Tumahai
Kaiwhakahaere - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, New Zealand

Lisa Tumahai is the Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, a corporate tribal entity representing the interests of Ngāi Tahu, the indigenous peoples of the South Island of New Zealand. She has held governance roles in the not-for-profit sector and company directorships over the past 18 years.

As a respected thought leader, Lisa is known for her innate ability to inspire others through innovative and tactical solutions that drive change and make a difference. At her heart is a passion is to ensure the sustainability of resources and the wellbeing of the future generations of her Ngāi Tahu people. On a lifelong journey of learning, Lisa successfully completed the Standford University – Graduate School of Business, Executive Program for Women Leaders and a Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Management from the University of Canterbury in 2016.

Her current governance roles include: the Aspen Institute of New Zealand, West Coast Primary Health Orgnaisation, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae, Arahura Holdings (Chair), New Zealand Climate Change Commission (Deputy Chair), Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, FLCD Ltd and He Toki GP Ltd.

Sam Van Holsbeeck
University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

In June 2015, Sam Van Holsbeeck graduated his Master’s as an Industrial Engineer in the Bioscience Technology: Agriculture and Horticulture at Ghent University, Belgium.

In between his graduation and the start of his PhD in April 2017, he was regularly employed as a causal worker for environmental research at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium; the University of Melbourne; Charles Darwin University; and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Sam started his doctoral study at the University of the Sunshine Coast under supervision of Dr. Mohammad Ghaffariyan, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Sanjeev Srivastava and Dr. Mauricio Acuna. The title for his PhD is “Determining the potential contribution of utilizing forest biomass resources for bioenergy production and climate change mitigation”. The project is a part of Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA).

In November 2017, Sam was successful in receiving the Gottstein Trust Forest Industry Scholarship and a later Australian Bluegum Plantation Scholarship in April 2018.

Peter Zed
Chief Executive Officer, Omega Consulting, Australia

Peter currently operates his own consulting business (Omega Consulting) and has worked within the timber industry for over 40 years. He has previously been the CEO of ATP, Group Operations General Manager for Weyerhaeuser, GM for CSR Timber Products and Softwood Holdings as well as holding senior executive forestry positions with both the Fiji Pine Commission and the SA Government. 

His recent consultancy work has focused on strategic planning, resource utilisation, forest valuation, forest product manufacturing and market development. 

Peter holds an Honours degree in Forestry from ANU and has served on a large number of timber industry boards including FWPA, FWPRDC, Timber Qld, QTB, TRADAC, PTAA, NAFI and The Gottstein Trust. He has also served on the advisory committees for CSIRO and DPI NSW.

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