Committee


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.
 

Chairperson

David Wood

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

Hans Drielsma

Hans Drielsma is a professional forester with over 45 yrs experience in forest management in New South Wales and Tasmania and has played an active role in development of national forest policy and forestry standards. He has served on the Boards of the Institute of Foresters, Australian Forest Products Association and the CRC for Forestry. He is currently the Chair of Responsible Wood and served for many years on the Board of PEFC, the international forest certification system, and has played a leading role in the introduction of forest certification in Asia.

Gary Morgan

Gary has undertaken numerous forestry roles including head of Victoria’s Commercial Forestry (9 months) before becoming Victoria’s Chief Fire Officer for Public land (9 years) and then CEO of the Australian and NZ Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (7 years) before retiring. He has been Chair of the A/NZ FFMG; an Office Bearer of AFAC; and Directors of the Bushfire CRC and the IAWF. Today he continues to undertake occasional consultancies, nationally and internationally; and participates in a range of community and professional voluntary activities.

Andrew Piper

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

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 Steer

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

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

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

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.