Jan Newport – Director
Jan has had an extensive career in forestry in Australia, New Zealand and Canada working in both the public and private sector in plantation establishment, forestry education, research, forestry development and policy.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Forest Science from University of Melbourne, Jan started her career with APM Forests based in Gippsland. After living and working in Canada for a number of years, she returned to Australia and was based in Mount Gambier working in forestry and natural resources for PIRSA, ForestrySA, Regional Development Australia and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Since moving to Melbourne in 2017, she has worked in forest policy (DJPR), earth resources (DJPR), forest regulation and policy, and timber harvesting compliance (DELWP) before joining VicForests in 2019.
Jan first joined IFA as a student in 1983. She has been an active member of AFG since 1997, serving on the Green Triangle Branch Committee AFG for nine years and as president for three years until its closure in 2017. She has served on the AFG board as a director for four years, and the IFA/AFG Victorian Division Committee for the past two years.
Jan has formal qualifications in forest science (University of Melbourne), business management (marketing) (Monash University), and education (Deakin University), and additional training in business management and leadership (University of Adelaide), and governance (AICD).