Stephen Franks website 

Stephen Franks

Stephen Franks is a Wellington-based public law practitioner; long-time small forest investor, and former MP.  He was appointed as Board Chair in 2021 to replace the founding Chair Geoff Thompson on his retirement.  Stephen's background also includes managing or advising beekeeping, meat and dairy businesses and institutional reform.

Elected Board Members

 Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson

NZ Farm Forestry Association.

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

 Photo Robert Green website


Robert Green

General Manager, Hancock Forest Management (New Zealand) Limited.

Robert Green was formerly CE of Timberlands Ltd and was on the FGLT Board previously in this capacity.

He was reappointed to the Board in 2021.

 Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor
Managing Director, Port Blakely.

Long-serving Trustee of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, Chair of Future Forest Research Ltd for six years.  Phil is also the current President of the FOA, appointed in March 2020 for a three year term.


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. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury.

 Staeve Wilton

Steve Wilton

Until recently Steve was Managing Director and major shareholder of Forest Enterprises Ltd.

He remains actively involved in forest industry matters representing small and investment growers interests via the Levy Board (was a member of the establishment board), the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (of which he is a Fellow), and the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association.  Steve has also served on the FOA small and medium enterprise committee (SME), since 2016.

Peter Clark 2015

Peter Clark

Peter Clark has recently resigned from the role of CEO of PF Olsen Ltd that he held for nearly 20 years.  Now working part time for Te Uru Rākau, the forestry unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries, he also chairs the One Billion Trees Advisory Panel.  Peter's 40-year background in the forest industry includes forest operations and consulting assignments in SE Asia, China and the Pacific.

Peter holds an honours degree in Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury and is a Registered Forestry Consultant and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry.  He has recently held positions as President of the NZ Forest Owners Association and on the Board of the Wood Council of NZ.  He served on the Steering Group of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum from its formation in 2010 until October 2015.