Executive General Manager announced for GTFIH

Friday 13 Mar 2020

The Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub (GTFIH) has appointed Liz McKinnon as its inaugural Executive General Manager. Ms. McKinnon, a resident of the region, is well known, having worked in economic development, tourism and communications for the Glenelg Shire Council since 2015 with prior experience as a media advisor to former Victorian Premier and Member for South West Coast the Hon Dr Denis Napthine.

GTFIH Chair Linda Sewell said Ms. McKinnon brought the Hub extensive experience in advocacy, communications and stakeholder engagement. “We are delighted to welcome Liz to the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub following strong interest in the role,” Ms. Sewell said. “We have an ambitious plan to meet projected local and global demand for wood and fibre products. Liz brings an expert understanding to the role the Hub can play in supporting vibrant and prosperous regions. She will ensure that the Hub achieves its goals, advances the key issues facing our industry in the Green Triangle and does so whilst remaining true to the GTFIH’s Statement of Commitment.

“All of the members of the GTFIH look forward to Liz leading the Hub’s engagement as we work together to ensure there is an industry in the Green Triangle regions for future generations.” Ms. McKinnon said she looked forward to joining the GTFIH. “There is no doubt that the Green Triangle forest and timber industries are critical to the economic and social prosperity of our region.” “I am looking forward to delivering the outcomes of this first of its kind plan and the opportunities to promote and grow the wood fibre sector across the Green Triangle. “The Hub is committed to working with the sector, government and key stakeholders over the coming months to set a path towards achieving long term social, environmental and economic success.”

Ms. McKinnon said she would also be working closely with representatives of the wider industry. “Our industry has really come together and there are fantastic examples of collaboration, like the regional forest industry hubs across Australia. It is incredibly important that we work together and share our learnings so that together we can address the current challenges facing the industry and leverage new business and growth opportunities,” she said. Ms McKinnon will commence her role on 9 March 2020 – note this is a public holiday.

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