Foresters without Borders has a skills based Management Committee, with a Chair, and members appointed by the Board through an agreed process. The Foresters without Borders Committee reports to and is accountable through appropriate delegations to the IFA Board.
David has been involved in the forestry profession for over fifty years, working as a forester in a diverse range of fields, both in Australia and overseas.
In the early part of his career David worked in the planning and supervision of harvesting and forest management operations in native forests with the Forestry Commission of NSW. He also worked as an environmental auditor developing audit procedures and conducting routine operational audits and special investigations. For nearly a decade David worked in a range of positions in Vanuatu, participating in the Vanuatu Natural Resources Inventory Project and as the manager of the Vanuatu Sustainable Forest Utilisation Project. More recently he held the position of Manager Vegetation and Sustainable Pole Forests with Ergon Energy in Queensland, where he utilised his forestry skills in the management of utility corridors. Since his retirement to Buderim, David has been involved in the local community with the E J Foote War Memorial Sanctuary Association and Buderim Historical Society.
FWB Management Committee Members
Matt de Jongh
After completing a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree at the ANU in 1999, Matt commenced his forestry career with Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) (then known as State Forests of NSW). Matt was involved with FCNSW for 11 years, where he held various roles including: harvesting, roading, sales/marketing and planning throughout regional NSW, as well as bushfire-fighting both in NSW and interstate. Matt spent about 6 years working for the then Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA). From 2014 the CMAs became known as Local Land Services. This role gave Matt valuable stakeholder engagement experience.
Since mid 2016 Matt has been working for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in forestry policy. Matt has had a well-rounded career with a vast array of experience both operationally and in policy, and has developed a good working knowledge and appreciation of how policy decisions impact communities and industry.
Andrew has experience in forestry, environmental management and rural development in both Australia and overseas. He recently spent over 5 years in the Solomon Islands, where he was the Country Manager with the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA), supporting primary industries in Pacific Islands Countries to improve trade and export market access. Andrew now works as a consultant undertaking projects in Australia and the Pacific. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and an MSc in Tropical Forestry.
Tony Bartlett has worked in forestry for over 42 years, including forest management jobs in Victoria and the ACT, forestry and natural resource management policy roles with the Australian Government and forestry assistance projects in Nepal and Vanuatu. He has experience in international forestry development, native forest management, fire management, plantation management, natural resource management, large-scale forest restoration, as well as community forestry and management of tropical forests. From 2010-18, he was the Forestry Research Program Manager with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) managing collaborative forest research projects in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. He has a Master of Science from Oxford University and a Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne.
John has worked with the Victorian state government in various natural resource management roles for nearly 35 years. Main areas of work have related to native forest and fire management and extension work associated with revegetation and farm forestry projects on private land. John is currently on extended leave from his District Forest and Fire Manager role to focus on running his small beef cattle farm in the Central Highlands of Victoria and volunteer work including the recent FWB Fiji project and with the regional farm forestry group.
Tim McNaught is the Director of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management in Western Australia. He is a professional forester by trade and after more than a decade in the forest industry including working in Sweden and the United States he moved into grants program management with Australian Government. Tim has subsequently followed his interest in supporting community based organisations and volunteering undertaking a volunteer role in Suriname, South America and in Fiji.
Glenn Dale is Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer of Verterra. Glenn Holds a BSc in Forestry and Biochemistry, a PhD in Molecular & Quantitative Genetics and an MBA. He currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Southern Queensland. Glenn has over 30 years’ experience in forestry, natural resource management and ecological engineering, with broad international experience including New Zealand, China, USA, England, Spain, Portugal, Malaysia, Colombia, Brazil, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Graham Wilkinson is a registered professional forester (RPF) with over 40 years of experience in forest management, research and regulation. He retired as the head of Tasmania’s Forest Practices Authority in 2015 and has since worked as a forestry consultant. He has worked on major projects within four Australian states and 11 countries within the Asia-Pacific region and is currently working on projects to strengthen forest management and regulation in Fiji, Tonga and Niue.
Braden has over 35 years’ experience in forestry. His career progressed contributing to the renaissance of Australia’s eucalypt plantation estate (developing silviculture for Eucalyptus globulus in southwest WA and commercialisation of research in Victoria). Such skills have been applied to balsa (Ochroma pyramidale, syn. O. lagopus) and teak (Tectona grandis) in Papua New Guinea. In 1990 he completed a Gottstein Fellowship studying eucalypt plantation management in South Africa, France and Portugal, combined with Australian experience. He has completed a Master of Business Administration to better understand business: accounting, corporate finance, international marketing and business development.
In 1998, he founded Sylva Systems Pty Ltd to provide services to corporate (domestic and international), individual and government clients and a range of Universities. In 2006 he participated in an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project in PNG focussed on commercial trees: contributing business aspects of tree growing for local communities. This commenced a continuous association with the people of PNG from communities in remote villages to Government Ministers: working with Government, private industry and academic institutions. He has also undertaken projects in India for the International Finance Corporation considering smallholder wood supply to pulp and paper facilities.
Andrew Dickinson is a forestry consultant based in Melbourne. He has worked in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America and Africa. His strengths are forest valuations, forest transactions, feasibility studies, forest inventory and yield modelling. Since 2016 Andrew has assisted the PNG Biomass project which involves establishing a 15,000 ha hardwood plantation and a biomass power station. Before becoming an independent consultant, he worked for Pöyry, Timbercorp and Norske Skog. Andrew has a BSc (Forestry) and an Executive MBA.