HVP Plantations has appointed Stacey Gardiner as its External Relations and Communications Manager to head up ongoing and future industry and government engagement. Source: Timberbiz
With more than 20 years’ experience across government and professional associations with a particular focus on policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement, Ms Gardiner joins HVP Plantations with a mandate to drive industry and government partnerships with an emphasis on sector stewardship.
Until recently Ms Gardiner was general manager with the Australian Forest Contractors Association.
HVP Plantations’ Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Ryan, said Ms Gardiner’s extensive experience in agriculture, land use planning, forestry and sustainability, made her the ideal person to drive HVP Plantations’ external relations and communications program.
“It is fantastic to have someone of Stacey’s calibre to apply her expertise in this field,” Mr Ryan said.
“Stacey takes the reins on some of our most important endeavours at a critical time. It’s never been more important to work proactively with government and industry, forging relationships that can engage in land stewardship, climatic and environmental reporting and ESG policies.
“Stacey will work directly with me and the executive team with the direction to get HVP Plantations out there, advocating for HVP and its role as a leader in Australia’s forestry sector,” he said. “We recognise Stacey’s reputation as a fantastic relationship builder across organisations and industry sectors, who uses these relationships to develop and deliver long-term visions and strategic plans. Stacey is already well known and highly regarded by the forestry industry and at government levels.”
Ms Gardiner said the role was exciting in that it required strong connections to regional communities and a passion for creating opportunities that contribute to their long-term viability.
“I’m a week into my role and already impressed by the amount the business does from fire prevention and management, community development, and in environmental stewardship, not only in its plantations but native estates conserved for the environment,” Ms Gardiner said.
Ms Gardiner’s initial projects will focus on supporting the development of HVP Plantations’ climate statement and climate reporting program while developing closer ties with policy makers and sectoral leaders.