John Simon to retire from FWPA

Friday 16 Oct 2020

 
After eight years as a director, and five years as Chair, John Simon has advised that he plans to retire from the Board of Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) at their forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). Under FWPA’s constitution, directors can serve for a maximum of nine consecutive years.

John Simon said that next year FWPA will undertake a major refresh of its strategic direction, and that, in his view, it was important that the next Chair of the company leads this activity. John said: “it has been a privilege and honour to lead the FWPA. The many successes and achievements have only been possible with the dedicated work of our wonderful staff, ably led by Ric Sinclair. This has particularly been the case in the past six months, with most of our team based in Victoria and working from home.”

“I would also like to thank the directors of the company who have provided wise guidance and ensured that we have maintained high levels of corporate governance. In particular, I acknowledge the two retiring directors, Jim Henneberry and Brian Farmer. Jim has done an excellent job in his role as chair of our Audit & Finance committee, and Brian has successfully led the Growers Research Advisory Group in identifying future research priorities. The strong support that we have received from the Australian Government during my time as a director has also been much appreciated.”

FWPA’s AGM will be held via a Zoom conference at 4pm on 22nd October. Under the terms of its constitution the next FWPA Chair will be elected by Directors at their first meeting following the AGM.

Source: FWPA

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