AFTER 15 YEARS OF SERVICE TO the Forest Industry Contractors Association, CEO John Stulen is retiring from his role effective from 31 December 2017.
John has served the contractors group since it was first established in 2002 through his company Innovatek Limited, managing the activities, advocacy and representation functions of FICA.
Acknowledging the progress that has been made in establishing a strong organisation to represent those working at the bushline, John says the group’s achievements have been built on the long-term support of the many loyal contractor members.
He adds that there has always been solid support from key industry suppliers as sponsors of FICA. This support has been critical to FICA’s progress made in improving the profitability and sustainability of forestry contractors in both logging and silviculture.
On behalf of FICA, President Ross Davis thanks John for his long service and says John’s contribution has resulted in forest contractors becoming an important voice in forestry nationally and well-respected internationally in logging contracting circles.
FICA has been successful in championing contractor sustainability with forest owners and managers, government officials and international forestry organisations.
“We are grateful to John for his longterm achievements. He has positioned FICA as a respected and highly regarded voice throughout our industry, as well as playing a key advocacy role with key government Ministers,” he says.
“There is more awareness about who we are and what we contribute to the economy and the environment.”
When the forestry industry faced public scrutiny in 2013 over its workplace accidents record, FICA called for an independent inquiry. As a result, FICA led the forest contracting community to work with forest managers and workers to develop the cooperatively governed Forest Industry Safety Council that is now making positive change across the industry.
John will carry on his work with Innovatek, continuing to make a positive contribution to the forestry industry.
New FICA leadership opportunity
FICA is seeking a new Chief Executive to drive and implement the FICA strategy in the new professional era. This is an exciting opportunity to bring new energy to the Forest Industry Contractor Association to execute the vision and take the Association to the next level.
Representing and working for forestry contractors, where the certification scheme will play a big part in further lifting the standards for loggers and silviculturists, the candidate will bring unique qualities to the full-time role and will report directly to the FICA board. Experience or knowledge of the logging industry is a bonus.
The successful applicant will:
• Promote FICA within the logging industry and wider community
• Facilitate regional FICA member meetings
• Develop FICA workshops
• Stay current on all things forestry including industry standards and trends
• Be willing to travel
• Organise board meetings and the AGM conference
• Report directly to the board
• Advocate and liaise with government stakeholders including ACC and WorkSafe
• Facilitate continuing professional development opportunities on behalf of FICA
• Help implement a national contractor certification programme.
For more information Ross Davis is happy for anyone who feels they can take on the role and is interested in finding out more. Call Ross on 0274 938 460.
Lake Taupo is the venue for the 2017 FICA AGM and Conference.
John Stulen steps away from FICA after 15 years as CEO.