VicForests ap­points new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

Australian Forests and Timber - - Appointments -

NATHAN TRUSHELL has been ap­pointed the new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of VicForests fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pe­riod of act­ing CEO.

VicForests’ Board Chair Michael Humphris said Mr Trushell brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Vic­to­rian na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try.

“Mr Trushell has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in natural re­source man­age­ment, much of which he held var­i­ous se­nior forestry man­age­ment po­si­tions within Vic­to­ria.

He brings with him a depth of knowledge gained over many years of fac­ing chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties as the in­dus­try has evolved and mod­ernised.

“Mr Trushell’s ap­point­ment comes fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment process which at­tracted a strong field of ap­pli­cants.

“The sig­nif­i­cant level of in­ter­est in the role pro­vides the Board with con­fi­dence we have found the right can­di­date for the job,” said Mr Humphris.

“The na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try is a dy­namic and chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment and we be­lieve Mr Trushell is the right per­son to take VicForests, and the im­por­tant role we play in the in­dus­try, for­ward,” he said.

Mr Trushell said this was an ex­cit­ing time for the tim­ber in­dus­try. “It is an hon­our to ac­cept this role and lead a team of highly skilled and com­mit­ted pro­fes­sion­als dur­ing a chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing pe­riod,” he said.

“This is a long term busi­ness which sup­ports an in­dus­try that pro­vides thou­sands of jobs and gen­er­ates around $600 mil­lion per an­num to the Vic­to­rian econ­omy.

“Tim­ber is en­joy­ing a re­nais­sance in high end and lead­ing edge ap­pli­ca­tions and we want VicForests and our in­dus­try to play a big­ger part in this, as there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We will con­tinue to work re­spect­fully with our stake­hold­ers on the im­me­di­ate chal­lenges but my key fo­cus will also be to shape a pos­i­tive fu­ture for VicForests and the in­dus­try it sup­ports,” he said.

We will achieve our goals through en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble for­est man­age­ment that en­sures im­por­tant so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Vic­to­ria are main­tained for the long term. Af­ter all, that is what we are here to do,” Mr Trushell said.

“The VicForests Board looks for­ward to work­ing with Mr Trushell as part of a bright and sus­tain­able fu­ture for the na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try in Vic­to­ria,” Mr Humphris said.

■ Nathan Trushell has been ap­pointed the new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of VicForests

■ Stephen Ryan.

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