Private Forests Tasmania appoints new chair and directors

by | Jan 29, 2024

Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) has appointed two new Directors to the Board as well as a new Chair Jim Wilson replacing Mr Evan Rolley.

Jim Wilson has been appointed as the Chair of PFT.

Bob Rutherford has been appointed as a new Director for three years, coming onto the Board with extensive expertise in forestry and related natural resources sciences. Alice Herbon has also been reappointed as a Board member, representing non-industrial private forest growers for a further term of one year.

Timberbiz reported that Minister for Resources, Felix Ellis, said after a widespread search, Jim Wilson has been appointed as the new Chair of PFT.

“Jim Wilson has extensive leadership experience in the private forest sector and will step strongly into this leadership role having previously been a Director on the PFT Board,” Mr Ellis said.

With more than 70 per cent of Tasmania’s wood harvest by volume coming from private estates, Australia’s sustainably managed private native and plantation forests provide the wood needed to build houses and fibre for a plastic-free future.

“Private Forests Tasmania is supported by the Rockliff Liberal Government to actively promote the private forests sector and help shape its sustainable growth,” said Mr Ellis.

“This includes the provision of $600,000 through our Climate Change Action Plan to support landowners in increasing commercial tree plantings on their properties, sequestering carbon while providing future wood and fibre for our community.”

“I congratulate Mr Wilson, Mr Rutherford, and Ms Herbon on their appointments and wish outgoing Chair, Mr Evan Rolley, all the best for his future endeavours and thank him for his service as Chair of PFT for more than five years,” he said.

PFT’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Elizabeth Pietrzykowski also congratulated Mr Rolley on his term as PFT Chair.

“We extend our gratitude to Evan for an impactful five-year tenure. Evan’s commitment to the private forest industry has left an indelible mark on our organisation and his leadership has placed an important focus on innovative whole-farm planning, as well as continuing to meet the demands of the emerging wood markets.”

“I look forward to working closely with PFT’s new Chair, Jim Wilson, and welcome Bob to the organisation as our new Director,” Dr Pietrzykowski said.