New Chair for Forest Growers Levy Trust

Friday 28 May 2021

Stephen Franks will be taking over the chair of New Zealand’s FGLT at the Trust’s AGM in Wellington on 1 June. Stephen Franks is a Wellington-based lawyer and former MP. He takes over from founding FGLT Chair Geoff Thompson.

Stephen has longstanding small forest investments, including a partnership property in Marlborough, and a controlling interest in a forest nearing harvest at Waitotara. His large Wairarapa block includes some pre 1991 forest, but the main return there has been from manuka honey. Until 2015 he was an active partner in the beekeeping business.

His early company law practice had a focus in rural sector businesses (meat processing and dairy). As a Chapman Tripp partner (a firm he eventually chaired) he led its work for the Dairy Board preparing to create what became Fonterra. He worked on a range of projects for various government departments and agencies, often in law reform, including electricity industry, ACC, and SOE structuring and restructuring.

He had six years as a Member of Parliament ending in 2005. After several years back with Chapman Tripp he established a specialty law firm Franks Ogilvie, to focus on public law for businesses – lawyering where government and commerce intersect.

Source: FOA E-News

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