Deputy DG Te Uru Rākau announced

Friday 13 Aug 2021

 
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service has announced the appointment of Jason Wilson to the role of Deputy Director-General. Jason’s current role in Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service has been as the Director of Sector Investment, where he’s been leading work on strengthening the forestry and wood processing supply chain, and on the Forestry and Wood Products Industry Transformation Plan.

Jason has over 25 years of experience across the forestry and wood processing sector in Australia and New Zealand, and he has held senior positions in companies such as Timberlink and Carter Holt Harvey. Jason will move into his new role from Monday 9th August.

The Forest Owners Association says the appointment of Jason Wilson to head Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, is absolutely appropriate for the huge challenges and opportunities facing the forest industry in its key role of enabling New Zealand to meet both climate change and economic targets.

Forest Owners Association President, Phil Taylor, says Jason Wilson’s current role of leading the Forest Industry Transformation Plan demonstrates the government appointment is not a ‘business as usual’ selection, but is based on a sharp appreciation of the combination of imminent rapid economic growth of the forest industry, driven by climate change combating products on one hand, and the carbon sequestration ability of plantation forests on the other.

Phil Taylor says he wants to pay tribute to the contribution made by the acting head of Te Uru Rākau Henry Weston. “In our Association dealings with Henry, we always found him to be an exceptionally able industry champion who got things done. I hope that he will be available to continue to make his valuable contributions to Te Uru Rākau and the industry.”

Source: Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, FOA

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