FWPA Managing Director announces resignation

Friday 3 Sep 2021

After 13 years at the helm Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA), has given three months’ notice of his resignation.

“I am proud of what the team have achieved during my time at FWPA,” Mr Sinclair said, “and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow relationships with our stakeholders, communication channels with our markets and new opportunities for sustainable forest and wood products.”

When asked to nominate his key achievements, Mr Sinclair listed: building a great team focused on collaborating to deliver results; establishing a partnership with Planet Ark to tell wood’s carbon and renewability story through consumer advertising; creating WoodSolutions, a world-leading activity promoting the use of wood and wood products to material specifiers in the construction sector and forging strong stakeholder relationships.

But he was quick to add, then the achievements were not his, but the whole team’s.

Other significant achievements during Mr Sinclair’s leadership include; ensuring changes to the National Construction Code that reduce impediments to the use of wood and wood products in mid-rise projects; establishing an advisory service to help realise mid-rise opportunities; developing a statistics resource for the industry; creating ForestLearning to provide teaching materials to schools; implementing WoodSolutions Campus, an online training centre; launching an industry leadership program; using wide-ranging research to inform evidence-based decisions and founding the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life.

Mr Sinclair has also been instrumental in building stronger relationships with Government and other Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs).

Three independent assessments commissioned by FWPA during Mr Sinclair’s leadership showed that the forest and wood products industry received exceptional returns for each dollar invested and company’s external audits have continued to confirmed exemplary financial management

The FWPA Board will be conducting a search for his replacement.

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