Our Board

Our Board

The constitution of Forest and Wood Products Australia allows between five and nine Directors, including the Managing Director, who is appointed by the Board. At least two of the Board’s non-executive Directors must also be Independent Directors (not holding positions within any FWPA member companies).

Craig Taylor, Chair

Craig Taylor


Mr Taylor has over 30 years’ management and consulting experience in primary industries, sustainable resource management, supply chain management, manufacturing, sales and marketing, mostly in the plantation forestry sector.  He is a Director and Principal of The Fifth Estate Consultancy which works across the spectrum of the resources and primary production sectors.  Mr Taylor provides advice to Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest forest and wood products companies covering strategy, business development and investment. 

After completing his BSc (Forestry) at the ANU, Mr Taylor worked as a professional Forester with the NSW Forestry Commission before taking on management roles with Boral Timber and Wesfi.  Immediately before joining The Fifth Estate, he was a Vice President with Jaakko Pöyry Asia-Pacific.  He is a Non-Executive Director of PF Olsen Limited (New Zealand), the largest independent forest manager in Australia and New Zealand, and Chairman of Beyond Subsistence Pty Limited, a NFP which undertakes forestry and agroforestry training and development with subsistence farmers in Africa.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Ric Sinclair, Managing Director

Ric Sinclair

Managing Director

Before joining FWPA, Mr Sinclair spent seven years in the grocery and food industry where he worked in operations, corporate finance and strategy roles. Mr Sinclair 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.

Katie Fowden, Non-Executive Director

Katie Fowden

Non-Executive Director

Ms Fowden is the Strategic Relations Manager for Hyne Timber and XLam, where a significant part of her role is the promotion of the companies brand, products and the industry more broadly.

Ms Fowden’s background is in advocacy, government liaison, policy and corporate communications. Her skills and experience align closely with the aims and objectives of FWPA. She is also currently a non-executive director of Responsible Wood.

Tony Arnel, Non-Executive Director

Tony Arnel

Non-Executive Director

Professor Arnel is Industry Professor for the Built Environment at Deakin University and works in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environmental. Most recently he was the Global Director of Sustainability at Norman, Disney and Young, stepping down after eight years as the company’s key strategist for sustainability and remaining as part-time advisor.


Professor Arnel is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is also a Life Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia, a founding director and was chair between 2007-2012. During this time, he was also chair of the World Green Building Council (2008 – 2011). His current board involvement includes the Energy Efficiency Council (President) and Deakin University School of Engineering (Chair). He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Christine Briggs, Non-Executive Director

Christine Briggs

Non-Executive Director

Ms Briggs has a rewarding career of over 30 years in the forest and wood products industry, largely focussed on the Australian and New Zealand sectors, and with international experience in North America. She has held senior sales and marketing general management roles with major Australian timber manufacturing businesses such as CSR, Weyerhaeuser, Gunns, Timberlink and is currently at AKD. Her international experience includes time in the US, working with Weyerhaueser Building Materials during 2003.

Ms Briggs’ business executive experience covers strategic planning and business development, stakeholder engagement, sales & marketing excellence and supply chain development. In her current role with AKD, she advises the company on market positioning and the development and adoption of the strategic market direction for the business. She is also a member of the Forest Industry Advisory Council which provides advice from a cross-section of industry participants on issues affecting Australia’s forestry sector to the Australian Government. Ms Briggs’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Business with a Marketing Major from University of Technology, Sydney and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). 

Stephen Dadd, Non-Executive Director

Stephen Dadd

Non-Executive Director

Mr Dadd is the National General Manager of Boral's Building Products Division and a Director of Allen Taylor & Co Ltd with responsibility for Boral's wood supply management, timber milling and product distribution businesses in Hardwood, Softwood and Residues. He is also on the Board of Highland Pine Products and is a Director of Australian Roofing Tile Association (ARTA), Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA), and a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.  Mr Dadd has worked in Boral's Timber business for 18 years and prior to that worked for the Boston Consulting Group and CSR's Sugar Division.  He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nick Roberts, Non-Executive Director

Nick Roberts

Non-Executive Director

Mr Roberts has significant forestry and timber industry experience in Australia and overseas. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Forestry Corporation, NSW’s largest commercial forest manager, for more than thirteen years and was previously Managing Director of Weyerhaeuser Australia, a position he held for five years. He has been actively involved in industry associations, chairing A3P and serving as a Director for Forest and Wood Products Australia.

Our acknowledgment

In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our acknowledgment