FSC Australia CEO stepping down

Friday 30 Aug 2019

The Forest Stewardship Council Australia announces that Sara Gipton will step down as Chief Executive Officer at the end of September. Sara has played a critical role in FSC Australia’s successes over the past two years, including the finalisation, launch, and implementation of the Australian National Forest Stewardship Standard.

Sara also oversaw the finalisation the Australian National Risk Assessment for sourcing controlled wood, released in 2019, and the New Zealand Centralised National Risk Assessment, which is soon to be completed. As convenor of the FSC Australia Indigenous Working Group, Sara also reinvigorated FSC’s engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Sara has made great progress in building the market for FSC certified products in Australia. Under her leadership, FSC Australia formed a group of prominent Australian retailers and B2B brands with the shared goal of raising awareness of FSC in Australia.

FSC Australia Chair, Amanda Naismith reflected on Sara’s contribution to the organisation, “Sara has been a dedicated CEO, her strengths in finance and governance have been particularly beneficial and are reflected in the successes of the organisation over the past two years. We thank Sara for her outstanding efforts and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

FSC Australia are in the process of recruiting a new CEO. During this period, activities will continue as per the normal course of operations.

Source: FSC Australia

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