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/AFG Board.
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.
FWB Management Committee Members
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. David started his career as a cadet with the Forestry Commission of NSW and spent most of his working career in the north of the state. For nearly a decade David worked in a range of positions in Vanuatu. More recently he utilised his forestry skills in the management of utility corridors with Ergon Energy in QLD. Since his retirement to Buderim, David has been involved as a volunteer with several community groups.
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.
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.
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.
Chris started her career with a forestry MSc at Oxford University in 1991. She swung from there to work with a Ugandan Forest Officer on habituating chimpanzees in a forest reserve, engaging the forest-edge communities in ecotourism.
The mid-1990s saw Chris move to Indonesia to work on a British aid project, producing a series of videos explaining sustainable forest management concepts. Moving south, Chris worked in Cairns until 2001 on training and tropical agroforestry. She then went as far south as she could and has been working at the Forest Practices Authority for more than 17 years where she is the Communications and Training Manager.