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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 Board of Directors consisting of a President, the Chairs of the Divisional Committees, and a co-opted voting member from the membership. 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,  and 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)

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Director 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

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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.
Bob is currently a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Financial Group, Mystate limited including subsidiaries Mystate bank and Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees.
In 2015 Bob was asked to be a turnaround CEO for the Institute of Foresters of Australia , a role he expects will conclude later in 2017 after a successful turnaround of the IFA's financial performance and strategic focus.
Another role Bob has been engaged in is assisting Indigenous Communities in remote NT establish sawmills, furniture factories and house building. This has involved working directly with Traditional owners in setting up training, equipment and markets.
Bob has also been leading a project to establish a property trust to build and lease out to NFP service providers Supported accommodation for NDIS participants.
Earlier in his career Bob held positions on the Board of TASCOSS, was National President of what was then then one of the largest Trade Unions, held leadership positions in a range of community organisations including on the Board of Football Federation Tasmania, Swimming Tasmania , Epilepsy Association, and Fingal Valley Community centre.
Bob has held Board roles in companies in tourism, furniture, construction and in a large joint venture with a USA based investment fund.
Bob has been married to Dr Dianne Snowden for nearly 39 years and shares her interests in history, heritage and education. They have 4 adult sons and 2 grandchildren.

Stuart Davey, BSC (For), BSc, PhD

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Director and Chair, ACT Division
 
Dr Davey is a Principal Scientist in the Forest Sciences and Forest Economic Sections of ABARES Natural Resources Branch. He has over 30 years experience in applied forest science research and providing advice for improved forestry, conservation, sustainable use and natural resource management outcomes and decision making.

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Neil Byron

Neil Byron

Director

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.

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Hans Drielsma

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Director

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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Dr Hilary Smith Ph.D

Hilary Smith

Director

Hilary is a development geographer and registered professional forester. Hilary did her Ph.D research on community agroforestry and property rights in West Kalimantan, Indonesia through the University of Adelaide. During this time she lived in a remote village on the coast of South-West Kalimantan studying the emergence of new forms of property rights in trees and forest as subsistence communities transition to a commercial economy based on forests products.

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Lachie McCaw

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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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