Largest gathering of women in forest industries

Friday 8 Mar 2019

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, Australia’s forest industries celebrated women who work right across the value chain of our industries, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton said.

“More than 100 women working in Australia’s forest industries met in Canberra on Thursday, to take part in a workshop, to discuss gender and diversity across our industries,” Mr Hampton said.

The workshop was opened by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck and included guest speakers:

- Joanne Matsoukas – VicForests.
- Dr Skye Saunders – Australian National University.
- Laureta Wallace – National Farmers Federation.
- Stuart Ellis – Australian Fire and Emergency Services Council.

“The workshop was followed by a sold-out dinner, where attendees heard from AFPA’s inaugural Chair, and one of our national leaders, Linda Sewell. Ms Sewell outlined her journey to leadership of one of Australia’s pre-eminent forest industry companies; OneFortyOne,” Mr Hampton said.

“Gender and diversity are fundamental issues for our industries. We will continue to pursue progress in this space,” Mr Hampton concluded.

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