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AFCA new general manager Carlie Porteous

Carlie Porteous

Carlie Porteous is the new general manager of the Australian Forest Contractors Association. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in the forestry industry to the role having previously worked with all aspects of the value chain; contractors, growers, processors and government agencies. Source: Timberbiz

Her appointment on December 1 follows her role as manager, forestry and fibre compliance, at Visy Industries, enhancing communication and collaboration with industry groups, supply chain members and customers to achieve a responsible supply chain across Visy’s manufacturing sectors.

Ms Porteous has expertise in FSC and PEFC certification systems and successfully managed the largest FSC chain of custody certificate within Australia while participating in a number of industry groups, including as a trustee on the board of the Gottstein Trust and a director of FSC Australia and New Zealand.

AFCA Chair, Adan Taylor is delighted with the appointment ensuring that AFCA remains the single united national body representing forest contract businesses.

“In our search for a new general manager it was key for us to find someone who understood the complexities and challenges faced by our members,” Mr Taylor said.

“We are glad to announce that Carlie Porteous, with her deep understanding of the forestry value chain and passion for the people and communities that support this truly sustainable industry, has been appointed.

“Experience overseeing the largest chain of custody in Asia-Pacific for 10 years and developing relationships with everyone from forest managers and growers, the contracting businesses, the processors and the end customer certainly gave Ms Porteous an advantage in her new role.

“Carlie not only brings a deep understanding of the forestry value chain, but a genuine passion for the people and communities that support this truly sustainable industry,” Mr Taylor said.

Ms Porteous said she was excited to be representing forest contract businesses across Australia and can’t wait to meet the members AFCA represents.

“The sophistication required to run a successful forest contracting business is not necessarily well understood by broader industry,” says Ms Porteous.

“It is a very exciting time to be joining the AFCA team. Industry led projects like ForestFit Certification provide a great opportunity for businesses to demonstrate the standard of professionalism in which many already operate.”

Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton said Ms Porteous had developed a positive reputation within Australia’s forest industries over the past decade, including serving on the AFPA Board as an observer over the past couple of years.

“Forest contractors nationally will be well served by Carlie’s enthusiasm and experience,” he said.

“Carlie Porteous has experience right across forest industries’ value chain from growers to processors and government agencies. This experience will serve her well in challenging times for the forestry harvest and haulage sector.”