Tim­ber Queens­land ap­points new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

MICK STEPHENS has been ap­pointed as Tim­ber Queens­land’s new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO). The for­mer AFPA deputy CEO will take on his new role in mid-March.

Re­tir­ing CEO Rod McInnes wel­comed the ap­point­ment of his suc­ces­sor say­ing Mick’s back­ground would ab­so­lutely com­ple­ment the Board’s vi­sion for the fu­ture of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr McInnes said that af­ter a rig­or­ous ex­ec­u­tive search the Board’s choice was based on Mr Stephens hav­ing the most suit­able blend of ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence and pas­sion to lead Tim­ber Queens­land dur­ing the next chap­ter of its jour­ney.

“Mr Stephens’ for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions in Forestry and Eco­nom­ics, ex­ten­sive in­dus­try in­volve­ment and pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence along with his track record work­ing with mem­ber-based or­gan­i­sa­tions, made him the ideal can­di­date to lead Tim­ber Queens­land into the fu­ture,” said Mr McInnes.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the AFPA, Ross Hamp­ton said: “Mr Stephens has di­rectly served the in­ter­ests of the for­est in­dus­tries of Aus­tralia for many years, firstly through the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of For­est In­dus­tries and for the last five years in se­nior roles at AFPA. Mr Stephens has played an im­por­tant part in ma­jor pol­icy de­bates and con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to our suc­cesses.

“Mr Stephens will be mov­ing to Queens­land to take up this im­por­tant lead­er­ship po­si­tion head­ing the State As­so­ci­a­tion, which is a mem­ber of AFPA, with our good­will and best wishes. As the na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion, AFPA works col­lab­o­ra­tively with all the State As­so­ci­a­tions, in­clud­ing Queens­land, and this will con­tinue.”

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to tak­ing up this im­por­tant po­si­tion and work­ing with the Board to fur­ther pro­mote the op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Queens­land tim­ber in­dus­try. There is great po­ten­tial to fur­ther grow and add value to the State’s for­est prod­ucts in­dus­try and this will be an im­por­tant pri­or­ity go­ing for­ward,” Mr Stephens said.

Rod McInnes, re­tir­ing CEO of Tim­ber Queens­land.

Mick Stephens, Tim­ber Queens­land’s new CEO.

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