New FGR R&D Director appointed

Friday 4 Sep 2020

Bart Challis will be taking over as National Director of Research and Development for Forest Growers Research from Russell Dale in mid-October. Bart is currently Chief Operating Officer at Scion and prior to that gained extensive international commercial business experience in Europe, North America and Asia in the life science industry.

Before joining Scion, Bart was General Manager Commercial and Agricultural Services at Hills Laboratories in Hamilton and he has a PhD in microbiology from Otago University. Bart is already familiar with levy work programme, FFR, and the various stakeholders. He and Russell have worked closely together over the past two years.

FGR is able to overlap between Russell and Bart and to continue to be able to draw on Russell’s services on a project by project basis. The industry owes a great debt to Russell for the passion and diligence he brought on behalf of forest owners of all shapes and sizes. This includes his core science role but also his contribution to wider industry roles.

Source: FOA E-News

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