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IFA Board Of Directors And Divisional Chairs

The IFA is a registered non-profit company limited by guarantee, run by a skills-based Board of Directors. Board positions are honorary and Directors hold office for a period of 3 years.

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Institute, providing oversight of the corporate, business and financial affairs of the Institute. The Board have at least one face-to-face meeting each year and meet by telephone conference at other times.

Andrew (Rob) de Fégely, B. Sci (Forestry), M. Sci (Forest Business Management)

robDirector and National President

Rob de Fégely has over 30 years of experience in the Australian forest industry. His early career was spent in plantation development and natural forest management before he commenced consulting in 1990. His experience covers all states of Australia, for both government and corporate clients and he has also worked extensively in Asia, the Pacific and North America.

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Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon
Director and Acting Chief Executive Officer
Bob Gordon is a highly experienced Chief Executive and Non Executive Board member.
Bob Gordon has spent 40 years in the Forestry and natural resources sector, since 1991 as a senior executive or CEO. After a series of senior management roles in Forestry, Bob was appointed a Forestry Commissioner in 1991 and then Managing Director and CEO of Forestry Tasmania in 2006, a position he held until 2013 when he retired to pursue roles as a NED and turn around CEO.

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Neil Byron

Neil ByronDirector
Neil Byron is a company director, an environmental economist, a policy analyst and of course, a forester.
After a B.Sc (with first class Honours) in Forestry from the ANU, and a 2-year stint with Queensland Forest Service, Neil did an M.A. (Economics) and Ph.D. (Resource Economics) at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada.

Hans Drielsma

Hans Drielsma thumbDirector

Hans Drielsma was born and raised on the Blue Mountains in NSW where he developed a love of the outdoors and, with some perceptive vocational guidance, decided to pursue a career in forestry. He graduated in forestry from ANU with first class honours in 1972 and was awarded the Schlich Medal, and a University Medal.

 

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Lachie McCaw

Lachie

Director and Chair, WA Division

Dr Lachlan (Lachie) McCaw has worked in forestry since 1980 and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with skills in native forest management. He has extensive experience in bushfire research and management with a focus on forests, woodlands and shrublands of Western Australia.

 

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Gary Featherston

gary featherstonDirector
Gary has 40 years experience in public land, forest, fire and natural resource management. He is a Registered Professional Forester with experience as a public sector manager in senior roles as Marketing Manager for Forestry Victoria and acting Chief Marketing Officer of VicForests.
 

Erin Hodgson (nee Dowling)

Hodgson
Director
Projects Forester, PF Olsen, Head Office- Melbourne, B. Hort, M. ForEcosysSc
Erin Hodgson (nee Dowling) Erin Hodgson has undertaken a Bachelor Horticulture at the University of Melbourne, completed in 2009. After working in Arboriculture, Erin undertook a Masters of Forest Ecosystem Science degree at the University of Melbourne. Through her Master’s degree Erin undertook a 6 month exchange to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, learning about European silvicultural systems and management. Upon completing her Master’s degree, Erin has been working for PF Olsen Australia as a Projects Forester. Erin is also a member and former Chair of the IFA’s Future Foresters