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


John Simon has recently retired as CEO of the national timber wholesaler, Simmonds Lumber Group. After completing his master's in timber engineering, Mr. Simon worked in timber research at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. Since arriving in Australia 29 years ago, 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.

John McNamara, Non-Executive Director

John McNamara

Non-Executive Director

Mr McNamara is CEO of Parkside Group Milling and has more than 30 years’ experience in the forest and forest products industry. Parkside is a company that specialises in native forest management and harvesting, sawmilling, value adding processing and distribution. Previously,  Mr McNamara was the Managing Director of Hyne Timber for 18 years and he has held Senior Management roles in a number of Companies throughout Australia. 

Christine Briggs, Non-Executive Director

Christine Briggs

Non-Executive Director

Christine has had a rewarding career so far over 25 years in the timber industry, focussed largely on supplying the Australian building industry.

She has held senior sales and marketing roles with major Australian timber manufacturing businesses such as CSR, Weyerhaeuser, Gunns and currently Timberlink Australia.

She also spent some time working and living in the USA, with Weyerhaueser Building Materials during 2003.

Her general management experience has covered sales, marketing and warehouse distribution.  She has also had experience in timber supply chain management and national business management of major retail chain customers such as Bunnings.

In her current role, GM Marketing & Business Development with Timberlink Australia, she is responsible for the market positioning of Timberlink and the development and adoption of the strategic direction for the business.    

Christine holds a Bachelor of Business degree with Marketing Major from University of Technology, Sydney.


Jim Henneberry, Non-Executive Director

Jim Henneberry

Non-Executive Director

Jim 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.  

Jim has served as MD and CEO of Australian Paper, director of PPM and AFPA and is currently a Trustee at Monash 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 Industry 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 a MBA (International Marketing) from the University of Houston, advanced business leadership at GE’s US Leadership Institute and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Brian Farmer, Non-Executive Director

Brian Farmer

Non-Executive Director

Brian Farmer is a graduate forester from the Australian National University and has broad experience in forest operations, marketing and management.

Brian has worked in New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and, more recently, in Queensland. Brian’s experience covers native forest management as well as plantation forestry. Brian has further supplemented his technical forestry skills with other aspects including policy, people and broader financial responsibilities.

As the Chief Executive Officer in HQPlantations Pty Ltd, Brian heads up the business on behalf of their investors. He also has roles with Timber Queensland and the Gottstein Trust.

Brian is a strong advocate for forestry based on sound science, finance and stewardship. As an industry, as a permanent fact in the landscape and with the capacity for huge social impact – forestry is important to us all. Brian 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

Stephen Dadd is the Executive General Manager of Boral's Timber Division with responsibility for Boral's wood supply management, timber milling and product distribution businesses in Hardwood, Softwood and Residues .  

Stephen has worked in Boral's Timber business for 12 years and prior to that worked for the Boston Consulting Group and CSR's Sugar Division.  Stephen has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School.

Stephen Dadd is also on the Board of Highland Pine Products


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.

FWPA Newsletters

FWPA publishes the industry newsletters, R&DWorks and ForWood. In addition, we have the WoodSolutions newsletter addressing design and build specifiers – architects, building designers, engineers and others involved in specifying the choice of building materials, as well as the Wood.Naturally Better. ™ Partner Update. ForestLearning is FWPA’s quarterly newsletter that provides information on Australian forests and forest-based products to teachers and educators, school children and the public.


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