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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.

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