Notice of TFFPN Annual General Meeting- 10 September 2021

In accordance with section 13.4 of the TFFPN Constitution, the Board wishes to notify members that the Annual General Meeting for the TFFPN will be held on Friday 10th September at the Albert Hall (corner of Tamar and Cimitiere Streets) Launceston, commencing at 6:00pm – immediately prior to the Tasmanian Timber Awards Gala Dinner.

In accordance with section 13.4 of the Constitution, we have called for nominations to serve as a Director on the TFFPN Board. One Director vacancy currently exists on the Board.

With reference to section 13.3(ii) the term of Director Tony Stonjek will expire at this AGM. Mr Stonjek is eligible for re-appointment.

Board Director Candidates

The following have nominated for the Board Director role and the successful candidate will be determined by membership vote.

Voting opens at 8:00am 19 August 2021 and closes at 6:15pm on 10 September 2021. 


Tony Stonjek

I wish to renominate for Board Director TFFPN as I believe, I bring a “grass roots” perspective to the Board, more so than an academic one. I believe the Board can benefit from a diversity of thinking and having someone as an operational forester as well as being director of my own company brings that alternative, down-to-earth perspective.

Tony was introduced to the bush by his late father, also Tony, the Senior Management Forester in Scottsdale, who used to carry the ‘young Tony’ in his rucksack through the rugged terrain of the north east forests. So began a lifelong love of the bush.

Tony continues an extensive career in forest management. He has worked across the industry from the state’s forest manager – now Sustainable Timber Tasmania – to industrial companies, including Forest Resources and Rayonier.  Tony developed Evergreen Forest Services a silviculture contracting business, Forest Consultancy Services, a business mainly producing Forest Practices Plans and now AKS Forest Solutions and AKS Forest Management Services.

Francis Richardson

I am a 28-year-old male who lives in Launceston and works for Orana enterprises as a Transport Data Analyst.

I have lived in Tasmania for around 7 years and life outside of work typically includes a range of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, fishing, camping and spending time with friends.

I started my career as a transport planner for Trimble Forestry which is where I found my passion for the forest industry, The role with Trimble was a fleet allocation role through a central despatch system and involved work within Gippsland in Victoria and Mount Gambier in South Australia. My current role is working for Orana Enterprises where I manage all telematic systems for our fleet of logging vehicles which work all over the state.

I have completed a range of qualification over the last 5 years which are listed below

  • Batchelor of Business (Maritime Logistics Management)
  • Batchelor of Applied Science (Maritime Technology Management)
  • Certificate 3 in Harvesting and Haulage
  • Certificate 4 in Leadership and Management

I am currently chair of the Northern Young Professional Network (NYPN) which is a young professional networking organisation for the north of the state and have also been on the Board for the Young Agricultural Professional Network (YAPN). My involvement with these boards will end this year which will free up time to sit on the TFFPN Board where I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to the TFFPN, if chosen.

I would like to be appointed a Director of the TFFPN Board because I have a passion for developing the overall image and operation of the Tasmanian forest industry to be a world leader which I know that it can easily become. The forestry sector in my opinion is one of the best industries to work within and I would also like to aide in the promotion of this industry to the developing workforces of the future.

Claire Bennett 

I am the Director of The Claire Bennett Agency, an experienced marketing and brand management agency made up of an international team of senior practitioners, split between the UK and Australia. We have proven experience building brand equity for their clients, and are specialists in the Tasmanian forestry sector. Relevant campaign’s include the ORIGINAL Tasmanian Timber campaign, Tree Alliance and Cusp Building Solutions.

I am a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Certified Practicing Marketer, and a Professional Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

I hold a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Marketing (Griffith University) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations (Deakin University). Most recently I have completed the Marketing Week Mini MBA in Marketing with Mark Ritson and Marketing Week Mini MBA in Brand Management with Mark Ritson. Mark is winner of the MBA Teaching prize at some of the world’s leading business schools including MIT, London Business School and Melbourne Business School. I am committed to bringing his level of rigour to my clients marketing programs.

 “Claire is a brilliant marketer and a very advanced branding specialist. She gets research, strategy and execution. And I would recommend her to any organisation looking for marketing and brand advice.” Mark Ritson, internationally acclaimed Marketing Professor and Brand Consultant.

Dr Phillip Blacklow

Born in Hobart in 1962.

Having worked in the timber industry for over 40 years in various capacities from production manager of a furniture factory through to researcher in high value adding processes for Tasmanian timbers. Currently Workshop Manager and teacher at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania.

Career began in 1977 working as a furniture maker at F H Vallance & Sons. Completing a Cabinet Making apprenticeship in 1981 adding further qualifications such as a Wood turning trade certificate and an advanced diploma in traditional furniture making.

Leaving F H Vallance & Sons in 1986 to undertake commissions to make the Central Furniture, Senate Chamber and various pieces for the Prime Minister’s office Parliament House, Canberra.

After completing the commissions for the Parliament House construction authority, began as part-time Lecturer in Woodskills and Woodwork Technician at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania.

Later graduating with a Master’s and a PhD in high value adding process for plantation eucalypt, specifically 22 year old E. globulus and E. nitens.


  • PhD in high value uses for Plantation Eucalypt
  • Masters in Fine Art and Design, Specialization, Eucalypt furniture
  • Diploma in traditional furniture making
  • Wood turning trade certificate
  • Cabinet making trade certificate

Career high lights

  • Central furniture for the Senate chamber Parliament House Canberra
  • Masters and PhD at the University of Tasmania

All members of the TFFPN are eligible to VOTE HERE.