11 September 2023
The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network has appointed Sue Grau in the Convenor role, following the retirement of inaugural Convenor, Therese Taylor. Ms Taylor has held the role since the Network’s inception in 2018.
Ms Grau is no stranger to the Australian forest industry, leading the NSW Forest Products Association in 2021-22. Her most recent role was as Chief Executive of aquaculture peak body Salmon Tasmania where she was dedicated to advocating for and promoting industry.
“I understand the importance of supporting everyone employed in industries that contribute so much to our communities, and this contribution is so much more than economic. The forest industry remains an important part of the social fabric in our regional areas,” Ms Grau said.
“The industry and its image in the community is quite complex and I’m very driven to provide a perspective that is both based on science, and relatable to our community,” she said.
“The work of the Network is particularly appealing because it’s an opportunity to focus on the individuals who work in the industry or within the broader forestry ‘family’.”
Ms Grau is excited to learn more about the Tasmanian forest industry as she establishes herself in this new role.
“The TFFPN only exists because of its members, so I look forward to connecting with as many as possible over the coming months, and importantly, understanding what they expect from their Network,” she said.
TFFPN Chair, Steve Whiteley said Sue’s experience leading industry bodies has demonstrated her collaborative, entrepreneurial, pragmatic, and productive leadership style, which he believes will benefit the industry as it moves into this next phase.
“The Network welcomes Sue to the role of Convenor and the Board looks forward to working alongside her to continue and expand on the work of the organisation as a communication hub focused on industry collaboration and cohesion,” he said.
Mr Whiteley also recognised the invaluable work of outgoing Convenor, Therese Taylor.
“Therese is well respected across industry and has developed meaningful relationships with members during her time leadin the Network,” he said.
“The Board wishes to thank Therese for her service to the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network over the past five years.”
The TFFPN is a member organisation that aims to represent the shared views, aspirations and expectations of all those people who have a stake in the future of a sustainable Tasmanian forests, fine timber and wood fibre industry.
Romany Brodribb – Manager, Communications and Member Services
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