The last few months have seen some changes to our committee members. Murray Parrish has retired and was replaced on the committee by Simon Honour, also from OJI Fibre Solutions and Haydn Solomon and Te Taru White have been replaced by Glen Coleman and Graeme Benge.
Thank you to Murray, Haydn and Te Taru for their time and commitment to our Wood Council.
And now a bit about our three new committee members....
Glen Coleman is a qualified Health and Safety professional, registered with HASANZ and has more than 23 years' experience in high-risk industries.
For the last 6.5 years he has been the National Health and
Safety Manager for Manulife Forest Management NZ. One of his key responsibilities has been to develop and continuously improve health strategies. He finds the forest industry a fantastic industry to work in with outstanding people and that's we he does his best to ensure they all go home safe every day.
Graeme Benge has spent the bulk of his career involved in the Forestry and Wood processing sector. He is currently the Operations Manager for the Fast Group who have 7 harvesting crews and 1 mechanised planting and land prep machine. They employ over 50 staff and recently Graeme and his wife bought into one of the existing crews.
Graeme is excited to be elected to the Wood Council as a contractor representative as he is passionate about all things forestry and fostering more young people into the industry. With the current training structure and climate issues we are all facing, Graeme sees that having a voice within the Wood Council as a fantastic platform to make some changes for ourselves and all generations to come.
Simon Honour holds a Diploma in Forest Management from Toi Ohomai and a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury. He is currently studying towards his Masters in Business Administration through Massey University's School of Business, specialising in Global Business.
Simon currently works for OJI Fibre Solutions in the Fibre Procurement Team, where he is responsible for securing logs, land and forests for future mill supply. Simon is passionate about the industry and its people. He is a member of the Future Foresters and the NZ Institute of Forestry, where he is on the local selection committee.