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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).

John Simon, Chairman

John Simon


Mr Simon was appointed as the Chairman of FWPA in November 2015. He recently retired as CEO of the national timber wholesaler, Simmonds Lumber Group. After completing his masters in timber engineering, Mr. Simon worked in timber research at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. He has been the Managing Director of Sterlands, the largest timber frame and truss producer in Australia; CEO of national timber distributor Pine Solutions; Managing Director of merchant and retailer Hudson Building Supplies; and Chairman of the Timber Development Association for 10 years. He is a member of the Housing Industry Association’s Manufacturers and Suppliers Council and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Craig Taylor, Non-Executive Director

Craig Taylor

Non-Executive Director

Mr Taylor has over 30 years’ management and consulting experience in primary industries, sustainable resource management, supply chain management and sales and marketing, mostly in the plantation forestry sector.

He is Director and Principal of The Fifth Estate Consultancy, providing strategy, business development and investment advice to businesses in the resources and primary production sectors.

Mr Taylor was advisor to Hancock Natural Resource Group for the sale of the Tasman Bay Forests Company assets. He has provided strategy development and investment advice to Australia and New Zealand’s largest forest and wood products companies.

Christine Briggs, Non-Executive Director

Christine Briggs

Non-Executive Director

Ms Briggs has had a rewarding career over 30 years in the forest and wood products industry, with international experience but focussed largely on the Australian and New Zealand sectors. She has held senior sales and marketing roles with major Australian timber manufacturing businesses such as CSR, Weyerhaeuser, Gunns, Timberlink and is currently at AKD Softwoods. Her international experience includes some time in the US, working with Weyerhaueser Building Materials during 2003. Ms Briggs’ general management experience has covered strategic planning and business development, stakeholder engagement, sales & marketing excellence and supply chain development. In her current role, National Marketing Manager with AKD Softwoods, she is responsible for the market positioning of AKD and the development and adoption of  the strategic market direction for the business. 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). 

Jim Henneberry, Non-Executive Director

Jim Henneberry

Non-Executive Director

Mr Henneberry has led complex, global businesses through director and executive roles. He brings strengths in strategic leadership, culture change, stakeholder engagement, operations and research to the board of FWPA. Mr Henneberry has served as MD and CEO of Australian Paper and director of PPM and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and is currently a Trustee at Monash Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI). He has held various management positions with CHH, International Paper and other international companies. Mr Henneberry co-chaired the Australian Government Pulp and Paper Industry 

Strategy Review and is well-placed to extend inclusive consultations with industry partners. He has also led business-focused research in fibre and pulp and paper and has credentials to be able to integrate this with forest and other wood product industries through the FWPA Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Pulp and Paper Engineering) from Syracuse University, New York, an MBA (International Marketing) from the University of Houston, completed advanced business leadership at GE’s US Leadership Institute and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Brian Farmer, Non-Executive Director

Brian Farmer

Non-Executive Director

Mr Farmer is a graduate forester from the Australian National University and has broad experience in forest operations, marketing and management. He has worked in New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and, more recently, in Queensland. Mr Farmer’s experience covers native forest management as well as plantation forestry, and he has further supplemented his technical forestry skills with other aspects including policy, people and broader financial responsibilities. Mr Farmer is the former CEO of HQPlantations Pty Ltd, and has roles with Timber Queensland and the Gottstein Trust. He is a strong advocate for forestry based on sound science, finance and stewardship, and argues that forestry should be delivered to the best possible standards using the best possible knowledge.

Stephen Dadd, Non-Executive Director

Stephen Dadd

Non-Executive Director

Mr Dadd is the Executive General Manager of Boral’s Timber 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 a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.  Mr Dadd has worked in Boral’s Timber business for 15 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.


Tony Arnel, Non-Executive Director

Tony Arnel

Non-Executive Director

Tony is the Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young (NDY) and works across the worldwide network of NDY offices in six countries. He is the company’s key strategist for Sustainability.

Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is also 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), Deakin University School of Engineering (Deputy Chair) and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company directors. In May 2018 he was appointed Industry Professor at Deakin University.

Katie Fowden, Non-Executive Director

Katie Fowden

Non-Executive Director

Ms Fowden is the Strategic Relations Manager for Hyne Timber, where a significant part of her role is the promotion of the company’s 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 and chair of their marketing committee, a director of the Hyne Community Trust and member of the Queensland Government Biofutures Advisory Council.


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