Timber Queensland appoints new Chief Executive Officer
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.