AFCA is governed by a board of directors elected by members at the Annual General Meeting. The directors’ charter is to focus on governance, association policies, directions and finance, and oversee the general management of the organisation.
The Board elects a Chairperson, Vice chairperson and a Public Officer/Secretary of the Association.
Directors come from Harvest, Haulage and Silviculture businesses and undertake voluntary roles in addition to operating their own business.
Members of the AFCA Board are heavily involved in the sector, representing the needs of operators and businesses, as well as demonstrating a strong commitment to the future and sustainability of the industry.
Board members generously give up their time to pursue the objectives of AFCA's Strategic Plan, undertaking targeted advocacy as well as highlighting best practice in all aspects of harvesting, haulage and business management.
The Board meets at least six times a year in regional areas. Potential agenda items are forwarded to Board members for consideration as board members are elected to better understand key local issues and policies impacting on businesses.
Another key aspect of the Board's function is to facilitate funding from Government to improve the environment in which members operate and it is committed to making members aware of funding that may be available.
Strategic partnerships with other industry bodies are sought and the Board explores opportunities with research organisations to deliver benefits for the industry.
The Board is also keen to be involved in local events and welcomes feedback on forums and discussions to be delivered to members in regions.
Adan Taylor – Chairman (Queensland)
After a 12 year career in public accounting, Adan became a director and part owner of his parent’s company GMT Logging Pty Ltd in 2004. GMT works as a harvesting contractor for HQ Plantations in the Hoop (Araucaria) plantations in and around the Mary Valley (20 mins south west of Gympie) in Queensland.
The business was started by his father Geoff Taylor (AFCA Hall of Fame inductee in 2014) in 1976. Adan fills the role of General Manager and is very passionate about the “future” forest industry, focussing on efficiency and professionalism in both their ground-based and cable harvesting operations.
As an industry, we must strive to eliminate all waste (time and resources) and thereby maximise the value derived from a tree that has been growing in the forest for 45 years (in our case).
Adan became the first Queensland Director of AFCA in March 2014, and represents a large number of smaller harvest and haulage contractors spread out over the state.
Karen Hall – Director (Tasmania)
Karen Hall has had 32 years involvement in Forest Contracting with husband Ken. Their business KC and KN Hall Pty Ltd began as a small Native Forest Logging operation. Foreseeing a future in the Hardwood Plantation Industry, their business adopted the mechanical harvesting machinery and equipment method, which through innovation, research and development over the past 22 years, has seen the business grow over that time.
Karen has been a board member of the Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association since 2007 and has held the Chairperson’s position for the past 5 years.
A founding and passionate Tasmanian member of the Timber Communities Australia Organisation, Karen is the current North East Tasmanian Branch representative. Karen has spent many years lobbying for the industry and for the communities that depend on the Forest and Wood Products industries.
Karen was Tasmania's State finalist in 2000 and 2007 for the "Trevor Cederman Memorial Award" for recognition and appreciation of achievement and contribution to Timber Communities Australia.
Ricky Leeson - Director
I am a director and the general manager of Leeson’s Logging and Cartage. This is a family business started in the 1970s and I am the third generation to work in it. Our business works for HVP in Gippsland harvesting approx. 250,000 tonne of pine in both thinning’s and flat and steep clear fall. We also haul approx. 400,000 tonne for HVP. We harvest and haul 60,000 tonne for Midway from the Gippsland area as well.
Our business is supported by an office and workshop based in Rosedale with a total employee number of 65.
I started in the industry in 1997 after completing two years in Melbourne furthering studies following year 12 VCE. Like all children of contractor’s school holidays was based around cleaning the workshop or driving a spare a machine out into the bush. When I started in 1997 it was delivering fuel to all the machines working for then AP. From there I have spent time in harvesters, forwarders and trucks gaining experience. In 2006 we bought a job in Grafton NSW for which I moved away and ran it for 12 months before returning to look after the day-to-day running of our Gippsland work. Since then I have moved from the day-to-day running to the general manager's position.
I am pleased to be a director of AFCA as it’s something our family has always been a part of since Dad and others first started it many years ago. I also thought it was a good way of getting to know other contractors within the industry from all around Australia. Also getting out to see and hear what issues other contractors are facing and trying to work with them to give all contractors a better crack at what they want. Hopefully I will bring some new ideas along with enthusiasm to the position and am looking forward to working with the whole board of AFCA to make the association something that all contractors want to be with.
Phillip Dohnt – Director (South Australia)
Phillip Dohnt has been working in the Timber Industry for 40 years, starting with the Woods & Forest Department at Nangwarry Sawmill. In 1985 he joined the Family Business, L V Dohnt & Co Pty Ltd, and from that time onwards he has been involved with overseeing the transformation of the business from hand fallers through to one of the largest infield chipping contractors in Australia.
He has seen the effects of the many up and downs within the industry and most recently the demise of the MIS Companies, including Gunns. Phillip is a strong believer that the industry needs an effective body to represent the contractors at both State and Federal levels. Additionally Phillip wishes to ensure that AFCA provides its members with an accreditation path that has real worth and is held in high esteem by the contractors’ customers.