Our Council meets in Wellington and is directed by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry’s Articles of Association.

The Council’s responsibilities include:

  • representing New Zealand’s forestry professionals, their aspirations, views and opinions
  • setting policy direction with the goal of enhancing all forestry types, then planning and implementing actions to achieve this
  • membership extension (e.g. Registered Foresters scheme, Journal, newsletters, local and national meetings)
  • facilitating continuing professional development (CDP) for our members
  • administering the NZIF’s affairs and fiduciary duties
  • promoting the economic, social and environmental values and benefits of forestry
  • promoting the professional standards and ethics of our members.

NZIF Council

David Evison

This is David’s third term on Council. He's there because he believes in the need to promote the forestry sector’s potential to contribute more to both the economy and the environment. He also believes in the value of a strong connection between the NZIF and the School of Forestry, as well as other education providers.

David says he enjoys being on Council. Among other things, he says it gives him a better understanding of the big issues facing the sector, which helps him in his roles as an educator and researcher. As well as his position as vice-President, David is also responsible for the Journal. He is also a Trustee of the NZIF Foundation.

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Peter Hill
Vice President
Kent Chalmers

Kent is in his third term as a Councillor and his first as Treasurer. Since graduating from the School of Forestry he has spent his career working in the Otago/Southland region and is currently the Marketing and Logistics Manager for City Forests in Dunedin.

Kent says he’s privileged to have worked across the full breadth of the industry, from forest establishment to timber marketing. He believes the industry does not receive the recognition it deserves and he’s extremely proud to have made his career in forestry.

Jessica (Jess) Brown

Ms Brown joined Margules Groome Consulting in 2016 and has since been involved predominately in valuation and due diligence projects. Ms Brown has strong skills in estate modelling primarily using Woodstock but also using Tigermoth. She has appraisal experience in Australasia, Brazil, Uruguay, Columbia, Cambodia, and several countries in Africa. Through Margules Groome’s business partnership with Remsoft she has also assisted in training sessions for industry participants and has provided one-on-one industry training in the use of Woodstock.

Ms Brown previously worked as an Analyst for Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd and was involved in estate planning and modelling using Woodstock to develop and evaluate strategic plans and alternative scenarios for the forest investments managed by the company. Ms Brown was also involved in the annual appraisal process and provided analytical support and strategic recommendations for various projects from wood supply agreements and sales negotiations to valuations and dispositions.

Ms Brown holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science with 1st class Honours from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is a registered member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry.

Euan Mason

Euan is a full professor at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, where he specialises in silviculture and hybrid physiological/mensurational modelling of forest growth and yield. He is a Fellow of the NZIF, and has also received a variety of awards and fellowships for his research. He has projects developing and implementing new ways of modelling growth and yield, that he initiated, with forestry companies and research institutes both in New Zealand and in several other countries. He has been a member of the NZIF since 1975, and served on council for nine years from 2001 to 2010, among other things serving as an elected member of the technical committee designing Forestry Stewardship Council Plantation Standards for two years, as NZ Journal of Forestry editor from 2006 to 2009, and as a liaison with students at the School of Forestry.

Patrick Milne

Patrick has 43 years’ experience in New Zealand’s forest industry and has been a member of the NZIF for much of that time. Today he’s self employed as a Registered Forest Consultant specialising in both small-scale forestry and species other than radiata pine. Patrick is a past president of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association and is still a member of its executive council.

He’s also the small forest grower representative on the Forest Levy Trust Research Committee. This is his first term on the NZIF Council.

Murray Parrish

Murray has an M.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology from Auckland University, specialising in the neural control of cardiac function in fishes. He has spent five years with the Environmental Co-ordinator’s office of the DSIR, providing scientific and technical advice to the Minister of Science on topical environmental issues, including RMA reform, mining, forestry, Antarctic environmental protection and climate change.

Murray has spent 23 years with Carter Holt Harvey in a range of Australasian environmental management roles, including for the forestry, wood products, and pulp, paper and packaging divisions. He contributed to the ERMA-led review of CCA-treated wood, which re-registered it for use as a safe and efficacious product.

He is the elected company representative on the Boards of PacNZ and the Paper Forum, with an interest in maintaining, enhancing and promoting the readily recyclable attributes of paper and paper packaging.

Bridget Fraser

Bridget studied Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, before heading to Rotorua where she worked for Fletcher Challenge Forests as part of the forest management team. She then moved to Wellington where she has worked for a number of government agencies including the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and, her current employer, the Ministry for the Environment, where she mainly work on international carbon reporting. She has been a member of the NZIF since 2002 and think the main roles of the Institute are to advocate for our sector and to provide members access to information and context about our operating environment to use for decision making.

Jonathan Dash

Jonathan is a forester and remote sensing scientist who has been working at Scion (NZ Forest Research Institute) in Rotorua for the past five years. Jonathan’s work focuses on developing methods for using emerging technologies to improve our understanding of and ability to monitor forests. Prior to working at Scion Jonathan was employed at a consulting and forestry services company covering many aspects of the New Zealand forest sector including forest valuation and due diligence, forest inventory and yield modelling, log scaling and quality control, and developing remote sensing systems for commercial plantation forests. Jonathan has also spent time working in the forest industry in the UK and Australia.

Jonathan holds a MSc in Forest Science from the University of Wales, Bangor, a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is currently completing a PhD in the remote detection of invasive trees (including wilding pines) at the University of Canterbury. This is Jonathan’s first term on the NZIF council and he looks forward to helping the NZIF continue to serve the forest sector.

Peter Casey

Peter has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry since 1984. He spent 15 years in the Forestry Sector  up to 1996 where with a multi-disciplinary back ground of a Forestry degree, Chartered Accountant and a MBA he held a diverse range of roles. Peter has previously served on the NZIF Council in the 1990’s.

Then up to 2017  Peter held senior roles in the public and private sector across the Transport, Infrastructure, Industrial Chemicals, Property and Fund Management sectors. Peter returned to the sector in 2017. Peter is currently the General Manager of New Zealand Carbon Farming, the largest supplier of Carbon Credits in NZ.

Peter is a Registered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, Chairman of the Registration Board and hopes his range of experiences can contribute to growing community recognition of the positive and value add role of the professional forester.

Adrian Loo
Co-opted Member

Adrian is a past graduate of the University of Canterbury having completed a Bachelor of Forestry Science with First Class Honours a Certificate in Commerce. He is a founding member of the Future Foresters and is actively involved in a leadership role within this initiative. 

Adrian currently works within the Canterbury Region in an ETS/Project Manager role for Forest Management Limited. In addition to his full-time job Adrian is studying a Master of Forestry Science degree at the University of Canterbury. 

Adrian is a graduate NZIF member and has been co-opted onto the council as a Future Foresters representative.