Our Staff

Our Staff

Forest and Wood Products Australia has a full-time staff of 9 who ensure that the goals and responsibilities of the organisation are met through its efficient day-to-day operation. Our friendly staff are committed to the success of our initiatives and are skilled in management, communications, research and development, and administration.

  • Ric Sinclair

    Managing Director

    Before joining FWPA, Ric spent seven years in the grocery and food industry where he worked in operations, corporate finance and strategy roles. Ric has held operations, marketing and strategy roles at Origin Energy, KH Foods, Chiquita Brands and Amcor/PaperlinX. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) and a Master of Business Administration. Mr Sinclair was appointed to the role of Managing Director on 2 June 2008.

    E. ric.sinclair@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3205

  • Chris Lafferty

    Research and Development Manager

    Chris joined FWPA in March 2002. As Research and Development Manager, Dr  Lafferty is responsible for implementing FWPA’s policy of supporting R&D projects across the entire forest and wood products value chain.

    Professionally qualified as a chemist, Chris was awarded a master's degree in applied chemistry from RMIT and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

    Before joining FWPA he was a  senior research scientist with the CRC for Clean Power from Lignite. Prior to that Chris was a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky.

    E. chris.lafferty@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3220

  • Jodie Mason

    Forest Research Manager

    Jodie manages RD&E projects and programs of interest to forest growers, including FWPA’s Program 4 – Growing resources and reducing risk.

    Jodie holds a Bachelor of Forest Science and a Master of Business Administration. She has over twenty years’ experience in forest management, with focus on operations, certification, forest carbon and environmental auditing. She has worked in both native forest and plantation management and provided consulting services to the sectors for fifteen years, across Australia and internationally.

    E. jodie.mason@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3200

  • Jason See

    Business Manager

    Jason joined FWPA in November 1999. He is responsible for the business and financial functions of the Corporation.

    Jason has an accounting qualification and is a fellow of CPA Australia. He has more than 20 years experience in the public and private sector, including an Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) for building and construction, a business council and the Wool Corporation. Previously he was in the private sector in manufacturing, banking, an audit firm and retailing.

    E. jason.see@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3250

  • Eileen Newbury

    National Marketing and Communications Manager

    An accomplished businesswoman who takes a common-sense approach to marketing and communications that is equal parts practical, engaging and effective. An experienced National Marketing and Communications Manager responsible for managing FWPA's marketing and event programs including the WoodSolutions brand for specifiers of design and build and the Wood. Naturally Better brand for consumers. Her responsibilities include brand management, relationships, sponsorships and contract negotiations. A graduate and alumni of Leadership Victoria's prestigious Williamson Community Leadership Program and a mentor to program participants of Leadership Victoria.

    Eileen has over 25 years of related business experience in communications, marketing and event management prior to joining FWPA and was the founder and CEO of a successful company. Throughout her career she has sat on a number of advisory committees and has presided as President and Chairman of many. Her event experience has seen her manage many of Australia's major events.  Her greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership.  She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand her reach.

    E. eileen.newbury@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3212

  • Boris Iskra

    National Codes and Standards Manager

    Boris is responsible for managing FWPA’s activities in building codes and material standards.

    Boris has had more than 24 years of direct involvement in the Australian forest and wood products sector and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering.

    He has represented the timber industry on a number of Standards Australia’s Technical Committees including TM-002 Timber Framing and TM-006 Timber Preservation and Durability.  He is  actively involved in the drafting of technical guides, informing designers, specifiers and regulators in relation to timber engineering and bushfire compliant solutions, and is a member of Standards Australia’s Timber Standards Coordination Group.

    E. boris.iskra@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3240

  • Jim Houghton

    Statistics and Economics Manager

    Jim manages FWPA’s Statistics and Economics Program to provide improved coordination and better systems for data collection and analysis of industry production and trade activity.

    Jim has a background in economics and statistical analysis and 15 years’ experience as a senior manager in the industry.  He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and has worked in various roles within the forest and wood products industry, including as CEO of Alpine MDF and as a director of Vicforests.

    E. jim.houghton@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3260

  • Kelly Goh

    Assistant Accountant

    Kelly joined FWPA in March 2006. She assists the business manager with the business and financial functions of the organisation.

    Kelly completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting at the University of Tasmania. She is currently studying towards her CPA qualification.

    E. accounts@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3251

  • Jarrod Gooden

    RD&E Projects Co-ordinator

    Jarrod  joined FWPA in March 2012. As R&D Projects Officer, Jarrod assists the Executive Director and the R&D Manager with the management of FWPA’s portfolio and R&D activities.

    Jarrod completed a bachelors’ in biological sciences at La Trobe University, he majored in zoology, microbiology with a minor in Botany.

    Before joining FWPA, he worked at the Department of Primary Industries for five years in various roles including Project Officer in PIRVic Plant Genetics & Genomics and also at Fisheries Victoria’s Fisheries Co-management Council.

    E. jarrod.gooden@fwpa.com.au
    T. (03) 9927 3221

  • Andreea Spoiala

    Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator

    Andreea was appointed to the role of Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator in February, 2016. Her role is to provide marketing, communications and event coordination support to the Marketing Manager.

    Andreea has considerable experience in B2B and B2C markets, within organisations across diverse industries and sectors.  Her ability to adapt to changing environments resulted in her being placed in busy marketing roles which allowed her to gain specific experience in corporate marketing, marketing communications, email marketing, and event and project management. Andreea brings to FWPA her strong ability to provide support and devise effective marketing strategies and initiatives with a focus on relationship building, delivering new concepts to stakeholders and producing positive results.

    E. andreea.spoiala@fwpa.com.au  
    P. (03) 9927 3222

  • Grace Davies

    Administration and Marketing Communications Assistant

    Grace joined FWPA in August 2010.  Grace completed her Certificate III in Business Administration at Victoria University.

    Grace is involved in managing administrative processes, general enquiries and distribution of our newsletters, as well as providing marketing and communications support, assisting with events, websites and other communications. 

    E. grace.davies@fwpa.com.au 
    T. (03) 9927 3211

About Us

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not-for-profit company, is the forestry and wood industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results to the forest and wood products industry in Australia. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, and investment in effective and relevant R&D.

Contact Us

Forest and Wood Products Australia
Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9927 3200
Fax: +61 3 9927 3288
Email: info@fwpa.com.au