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AFCA restructure Carlie Porteous to step back

Carlie Porteous

With a forward focus on the strategic opportunities and operational challenges for forest contracting businesses, peak body Australian Forest Contractors Association is restructuring. Source: Timberbiz

“AFCA has experienced considerable growth in its membership base,” Adan Taylor, Chair AFCA said.

The organisation has experienced considerable growth in its membership base of 48% with minimal reduction in membership.

“To continue advocating on behalf of members to improve their business outcomes as well as the sustainability of our working forests the AFCA board is establishing two new positions that will replace the existing general manager role.”

In the first instance, leveraging the work of current general manager Carlie Porteous, the new general manager – policy and engagement will continue developing policies and strengthening relationships with State and Federal Ministers on matters of importance for AFCA members. This also includes key stakeholder engagement and partnerships with other industry bodies and associations.

Secondly, reporting to the new general manager role, the manager – member services and programs will focus on the professional programs and training that AFCA provides for the benefit of its members. They will be responsible for the coordination and establishment of working groups that are addressing such issues as staff shortages, rising costs and contract fairness. Importantly they will also focus on delivering tangible value-add inclusions for members.

“We appreciate Carlie’s support during the recruitment process and transition period; and congratulate her on her new role as the Manager, Murray Region Forestry Hub and the Softwoods Working Group,” Mr Taylor said.

Ms Porteous will continue in her role until 30 June, and then afterwards, provide strategic oversight for a day a week during the transition period to “bed in” the new roles and ensure the new AFCA team engages successfully with members, sponsors and partners.