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Timber Communities New National Coordinator

The Board of Timber Communities Australia (TCA) has appointed Helen Murray as its new national coordinator for 2014. Source: Timberbiz

Speaking on behalf of the Interim board, the chair Tim Woods said that “Helen brings a breadth of experience working in the rural sector and with communities, as well as advocacy in the agricultural sector which will be critical to the rebuilding of TCA.”

Ms Murray has worked as a senior advisor with Rural Health Workforce Australia, a peak body that supports rural, regional and remote communities.

She ran a national future workforce Network with 9000 members across Australia.

“These skills will be important to the revitalisation of TCA, which is undergoing internal restructuring to produce a durable financial footing and a more representative voice for timber communities across the country.

“Helen will be consulting early with the various branches and members of TCA in order to assist the interim Board and members implement the new changes.

“These changes include better representation of existing branches on the board as well as the inclusion of a new category of ‘affiliated’ organisations that share the same goals.

“The aim over the next 12 months is to rebuild TCA as a grass roots timber community based organisation, drawing on a proud history of community engagement particularly at the Branch and regional levels,” said Woods.

Ms Murray has also lived and worked in China as a member of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce’s Food and Agriculture Working Group.

Earlier in her career she was the inaugural CEO of Pulse Australia, a grain industry peak body, and a commercial manager for the major agricultural production company Clyde Agriculture, owned by the Swire Group. She was also an alternate director of Cotton Australia when the industry was under considerable pressure to improve its public standing and many production advances were propelling expansion.

Ms Murray is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Economics and has a Practitioners’ Certificate in Mediation from the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia.