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Board

Chair

 Geoff Thompson


Geoff Thompson CNZM

A Wellington lawyer; long-time small forest investor and manager; and minister’s representative on the ETS Review Panel. A foundation member of the Forest Growers Levy Establishment Board 

Elected Board Members

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Robert Green
Chief Executive Officer, Timberlands Limited
BComm (Econ) Hons

Formerly the CEO of VicForests (2011- 2016) and Director for Sales and Contracting (2009 – 2011), Robert brings to Timberlands extensive experience in hardwood and softwood, plantation and natural Forestry, as well as experience in primary and secondary processing, import, export and distribution. Before moving to Australia, Robert was a Divisional Manager for Snavely Forest Products in San Francisco, USA. Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) with Honours from the University of Otago.

 Ian Jackson


Ian Jackson
NZ Farm Forestry Association

Runs a 295ha mixed sheep and beef property carrying 3500-4000 stock units, since 1983 as well as a ewe breeding flock, stock trading and a bull beef operation. Has a diverse range of woodlots for production and amenity value. Graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture from Lincoln College in 1977. A member of the NZ Farm Forestry Association since 1985, elected to the NZFFA National Executive in 2003, and has been the National President for almost two years.

 Bill McCallum


Bill McCallum
General Manager, Hancock Forest Management (New Zealand) Limited

Has been working in the forest industry since 1976 and is responsible for the operational management of HNRG investor timberlands in New Zealand. Prior to joining HFM NZ in 2004, held positions in operations management, marketing and acquisitions with Fletcher Challenge Forests Limited in New Zealand and South America. Holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) degree from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from the University of Otago. Immediate past president of the NZ Forest Owners Association and sits on the board of the Wood Council of New Zealand.

 Phil Taylor


Philip Taylor
Managing Director, Blakely Pacific Ltd

Long-serving Trustee of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, Chairman of Future Forest Research Ltd for six years

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Geoff Thorp
Forest Manager, Lake Taupo Forest Management Ltd
Geoff been working in the forest industry since 1982 and with LTFM since 2000. LTFM is a subsidiary of the Lake Taupō and Lake Rotoaira Forest Trusts, two ahu whenua Trusts which together administer over 150 land blocks on behalf of around 17,000 land owners. Prior to that he worked for Jaakko Pöyry for 11 years as a forestry consultant on a wide range of NZ and international forestry initiatives. Holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury.
 Staeve Wilton


Steve Wilton

Managing Director and major shareholder, Forest Enterprises Ltd

A Masterton-based company that manages 73 forests for more than 6000 investors. A foundation member of the Forest Growers Levy Establishment Board