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

James Treadwell

James is deeply entrenched in the forestry sector. The CEO of IFS Growth has over 25 years of experience. Dedicated to the business of safe, sustainable, profitable forestry James is a committed industry professional. He has contributed to the NZIF for over a decade, performing a variety of roles, for the Council.

James has developed a unique bird’s eye perspective of all things forestry related. He has worked across all levels of the industry, from the forest floor to the boardroom table and beyond. An astute strategist and manager of people, James has a strong commercial background, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the NZ forest state. James is a respected, collaborative thought leader for the industry. Passionate about the future of forestry, he capably flags prescient issues with government policy makers, and spearheads change, working to create a better future for forestry in NZ.

James can be contacted on

Council responsibilities are: NZIF Rules, Media, NZIF Newsletter

Peter Hill
Vice President

Peter has a BFor.Sc (Hons) from Canterbury and an MBA from Otago. He is a Fellow of the Institute and has been a member for 16 years. Peter chaired the Auckland local section for 5 years before moving to Wellington and this is his second term on Council.

He has spent many years developing the log export markets in Korea, China and India. He spent 10 years as General Manager of Wenita Forest Products Ltd and 13 years as Managing Director of Pentarch Forest Products Ltd. He also was President of The NZ Forest Owners Association from 1993-1995.

He has an interest in developing webinars for CPD as the loss of this years conference has deprived members of at least 10 hours of CPD which has to be replaced by some method

Council responsibilities are: CPD, Forest Fire Management Committee

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.

Council responsibilities are: NZIF Finance

Russell Dale

This is Russell’s first term on the Council. He is a Fellow, a member of the Fellows Committee and a recipient of the Forester of the Year and Kirk Horn awards. Russell has a BForSc (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and has had a long career in the forest industry working in the King Country, Auckland and the Central North Island in a wide variety of technical, operational and senior executive roles.

He has experience in NZ all aspects of environmental and commercial forest management and research management. He has worked for the Forest Service, NZ Timberlands, Forestry Corporation, Fletcher Challenge Forests, Carter Holt Harvey Forests and as CEO established the Timberland’s Management Company to assume responsibility for the Central North Island partnership when it was in receivership. He has also undertaken contract work in Australia.

Russell established Future Forests Research Ltd ( now Forest Growers Research Ltd ) for the industry in 2008 and has been CEO since as well as National Research and Development Manager for the Forest Owners Association since 2013.

He is a STIMBR board member, a member of SOFAC and represents the industry on many research steering groups and boards. He is also very familiar with the issues faced by small forest growers through his own personal forest investment and sales experience.

Council responsibilities are: Fellows

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 Statistics NZ, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and, her current employer, the Ministry for the Environment, where she has worked on climate change and freshwater management. She has been a member of the NZIF since 2002 and thinks 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.

Council responsibilities are: Membership, Website

Peter Houston

Peter has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry since 1986. He graduated from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Forestry Science with First Class Honours in 1990, and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business majoring in Information Systems in 1997. Peter has spent over 30 years in a variety of forest operational and management roles in Northland, Auckland and the Central North Island, and has completed a range of New Zealand certificates in Vegetation Fire, Forest Health and Occupational Health and Safety.

First employed by the NZ Forest Service in 1985, Peter has worked for the Ministry of Forestry, NZ Forest Products Ltd, Carter Holt Harvey Ltd, and is now employed by Manulife Investment Management Forest Management (NZ) Limited (since 2006) as the Forestry Operations Manager based at Whangarei.

Peter was the NZIF Registrar during the early to mid-2000’s and has been a Registered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry since 2010. Peter is seeking to provide the perspective of a Professional Forester in a Forest Investment business environment

Council responsibilities are: Local Sections.

Edwin Jansen

Edwin has worked in the forestry, property and agricultural sectors since graduating from the Canterbury School of Forestry in 1984. Edwin started his career in Northland for NZ Forest Products, progressing to the Waikato with Pinex Timber Products and Canterbury with Carter Holt Harvey. From 1999 to 2014, he managed the rural sector investments of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation. This involved land and forest acquisition and sales, negotiation of Forestry Rights, acquisition of Proseed New Zealand Limited, North Canterbury water storage and irrigation scheme development, farm conversion, resource consenting, development of a rural sector investment strategy to convert 16,100 hectares of Eyrewell and Balmoral forests (on the Canterbury Plains) to irrigated Dairy and Beef farms (leading to the formation of Ngāi Tahu Farming in 2014) and thereafter, the acquisition of Timberlands West Coast Limited and management of Ngāi Tahu Forestry until 2018.

Edwin currently works as an independent NZIF Registered Forester specialising in the commercial relationships between landowners and forest growers.

Council responsibilities are: NZIF Valuation, NZIF Handbook

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.

Council responsibilities are: NZIF Submissions, Forest Policy

Christopher Richards

Kit holds the position of Environment Manger for PF Olsen Ltd, based in Rotorua but with responsibilities nationwide for PF Olsen’s environmental and certification performance. He is a Registered Forest Consultant specialising in environmental matters related to forestry.

Kit has been involved in the industry for 43 years starting out on the West Coast where he was involved in the introduction of aerial selection systems for the region’s native forests. Concurrent with his tenure at PF Olsen, Kit has had long term involvement with the progression of Forest Certification (FSC and PEFC) in New Zealand and been an active member of the NZ Forest Owner’s Association Environment Committee including in recent times, assisting in submissions to Government on matters of water reform and indigenous biodiversity legislation.

During the period of Future Forest Research, Kit was Theme Leader for the Environment Theme under that organisation.

Kit originally trained as a Ranger under the NZ Forest Service before qualifying with a B.For.Sci from the University of Canterbury.

Council responsibilities are: NZIF Code of Ethics, Submissions

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 and a Master of Forestry Science degree with distinction. 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.

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