NZ Wood is structured to report to a Governance Board that is part formed by the Wood Council of New Zealand.NZ Wood Board meetings are also attended by the CEO’s of the funding Associations.
Jon Tanner has spent the last 20 years working in primary industry in New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe. Originally from a farming background, Jon has experience as a science manager, director of public policy and as a CEO of primary industry bodies. He was formerly CEO of New Zealand’s organic sector body and International Director at the NZ Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Prior to that, he was Land Policy Manager with the UK’s Environment Agency and a Rural Advisor with the UK Department for International Development before taking on the role of WPA Chief Executive Officer in August 2010.
Jon holds Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science (Distinction) degrees in agriculture from the University of Reading (England) and a PhD (also from Reading University) based on a study of agro-forestry systems in Southeast Asia.
David Rhodes is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association. A specialist in public policy, David represents the Association’s 270 members and their associated forests’ interests with local and central government. David provides support and strategic direction key areas such as transport, the natural environment, fire management, health and safety, research and biosecurity. Previous industry experience has been as the New Zealand Head of Delegation to UN Forum on Forests, including work on the New Zealand national focal point for Food and Agriculture Organisation including Asia-Pacific regional activities and FAO Committee on Forestry. He has also been an executive member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry and economic advisor on establishment of 2020 plantation forest project in Canada. Areas of forestry expertise include climate change, plantation economics, nutrient trading, certification and water quality.
David holds a BSc and MSc specialising in Zoology and Economics.
Lawrie Halkett is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Pine Manufacturers Association. Lawrie has worked for over 30 years in the forest and wood products industry. His industry experience includes five years working for the New Zealand Forest Service, two years as a volunteer in the Himalayas, establishing a re-afforestation project and 13 years with Fletcher Challenge Forests, managing extensive silvicultural and harvesting operations in Otago, Gisborne and Nelson. Other industry experience includes an international marketing role with Trade New Zealand and managing a value-added export operation in furniture and edge-glue panel manufacturing.
Lawrie holds a degree in Forestry from Canterbury University.
Bruce Bulloch is National Treasurer of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association which is a voluntary interest group promoting the integration of trees with farming and other land uses in the New Zealand landscape. Bruce’s background is as a scientist working with native plants and the use of trees and shrubs for soil conservation. Other industry roles have included being a member of a number of environmental and scientific organisations, such as the New Zealand Ecological Society, New Zealand Association of Resource Management, and Environment Network Manawatu.
Bruce holds a BSc(Hons) in Botany from Otago University.