New CE for Eastland Wood Council

Friday 16 Apr 2021

Philip Hope is the new chief executive of New Zealand’s Eastland Wood Council and he comes into the role with a background in advocacy and sustainable development, two of his passions. Mr Hope replaces outgoing CEO Kim Holland and started work on Monday 8th March.

"I am really pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Eastland Wood Council (EWC), because it brings together two things that I am passionate about; advocacy (health) and the sustainable development of our whenua in Tairawhiti." Mr Hope's career has been about organisational development and advocacy, in leadership roles for respected causes, including Lung Foundation New Zealand and Patient Voice Aotearoa.

He has had more than two decades of farming experience inland from Matawai on Koranga Station, where he was raised. That pastoral experience extends to management and governance of agriculture, horticulture and forestry; Pourau Station (Tokomaru Bay) and Pohue-Waipiro A31 Trust (Te Puia Springs).

"While my involvement with forestry has been informed and supported by an advisor and manager, I acknowledge the forestry sector provides a wide range of important economic and social benefits to the district," Mr Hope said.

"I too appreciate forestry has an integral part in the carbon cycle and it can help drive sustainable growth. Ultimately, we are all in the people business and the better we connect with people the better the outcome," he said. "As CEO for the Eastland Wood Council, I am fortunate to be able to learn from the knowledge and expertise of members and stakeholders.

"These learnings will help inform the councils key role in policy development, advocacy and public relations."

Source: FOA E-news

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