NIFPI Centres - Mount Gambier & Launceston

Mount Gambier Centre

The Mount Gambier Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre) aims to grow Australia’s forest and forest products industry by exploring and facilitating innovation in the plantation forest products sector in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy.

Mount Gambier Centre Chair: Tammy Auld

Tammy Auld is currently the Green Triangle Woodflow Manager for Timberlands Pacific. She has a BA Science/Forest Science (Hons) from Melbourne University and has 20 years’ experience in the forest industry in the Green Triangle Region. Her career has covered a broad range of operational roles covering environmental management and certification, plantation establishment, harvesting and farm forestry. While most of her experience is in pine plantations, she was involved in the early stages of the blue gum harvesting and export chip operations in the region. She completed her MBA through Deakin University in 2007 and started her own business assisting small businesses with systems development and compliance prior to starting her current role.

Mount Gambier Centre Committee Members

Dr Charlma Phillips – Industry Consultant
David Oliver – Timberlink Australia
Glen Rivers – OneFortyOne Plantations
Phillip Dohnt – LV Dohnt & Co
Technical advisor Mount Gambier Centre (non-voting) – Prof Chris Saint – University of SA

Launceston Centre

The Launceston Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI Launceston Centre) aims to grow Australia’s forest and forest products industry by exploring and facilitating innovation in the forest products sector in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy.

Launceston Centre Chair: Terry Edwards

Terry Edwards recently retired following 16 years as the Chief executive Officer of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania from 2002 until July 2018.  During his time at FIAT Terry served on a number of Boards and Committees aimed at increasing the focus of the industry on research and development and innovation including the Forest and Forest Industries Council, the Ministerial Advisory Council and the Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board. Prior to his appointment to FIAT Terry was the Deputy CEO at the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industries where he had been employed for the preceding 20 years. Terry’s role at FIAT was very wide ranging involving lobby of Federal and State Governments, policy development and implementation, maintaining cohesive strategic industry relationships, representation of FIAT on abroad range of State and Industry Boards, Committees, Councils etc. covering the full gamut of industry issues.

Launceston Centre Committee Members

Dr Andrew Jacobs – Forico
Dr Des Richardson – Norske Skog
James Neville Smith – Neville Smith Forest Products
Les Walkden – Les Walkden Enterprises
Shawn Britton – Britton Timbers
Suzette Weeding – Sustainable Timber Tasmania
Technical advisor Launceston Centre (non-voting) – Dr Hans Drielsma