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New chair for FPC

Ms Debra Blaskett has been appointed as the new Chair of the Forest Products Commission (FPC). Ms Blaskett, who has served as an FPC Commissioner since June 2021, brings to the role extensive experience as both a non-executive director and senior executive working across a range of industries including aviation, maritime ports, tourism and Commonwealth Government administration and regulation. Source: Timberbiz

She was previously an executive at Perth Airport where she was responsible for Corporate Services including risk, governance, safety, environment, people and culture, and corporate affairs.

Prior to joining Perth Airport, Ms Blaskett held several senior positions in the Commonwealth public service across the portfolios of Australian External Territories Administration, and aviation, maritime and offshore oil and gas security regulation.

She has also previously been the Deputy President of the Board of the Tourism Council of Western Australia and is a Commissioner with the WA Forest Products Commission. She holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degrees, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Ms Blaskett replaces Mr Ross Holt who has held the position for the past two years.

The FPC has also welcomed a new Commissioner, Ms Vanessa Martin. Ms Martin has extensive experience with both private companies and State Government agencies, having worked as a CEO in the private sector and also as an Executive Director in Government.