AFCA is governed by a board of directors elected by members at our 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
- Public Officer/Secretary of the Association.
AFCA also has three staff members including:
- General Manager
- Chief Business Officer
- Safety Field Officer (Tasmania)
The Chief Business Officer operates from our head office in Launceston, Tasmania and our General Manager operates from Melbourne, Victoria.
The Safety Field Officer operates within Tasmania only and has been providing services to members and non-members on a ‘fee for service’ basis since July 2015 following the cessation of a long term contract with Forestry Tasmania.
AFCA also engages the support of consultants for specialist expertise as identified as needs arise.
Stacey Gardiner – General Manager
Stacey Gardiner is the General Manager of the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA). Stacey joined the AFCA in March 2015, her previous experience has included working within the agricultural sector and more recently in Land Use Planning within the public sector.
She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Master's degree in Land Use Planning. In her previous roles she has been responsible for policy development and fostering relationships with a focus on building new communities.
Her prevous experience building strong partnerships with stakeholders and advocating on behalf of members led her to her appointment with the AFCA. Stacey has an affinity with regional and rural communities given that she grew up in one and has an appreciation of the economic contributions that rural industries provide to support communities.
She believes that the challenges facing the forestry industry can be overcome by improved collaboration between all stakeholders who contribute to this important industry. She also believes there is a great deal of potential and opportunity for the forestry industry particularly in a carbon constrained economy.
Denise DeBattista – Chief Business Officer
Denise DeBattista has worked in Administration/Finance for the past 30 years with positions ranging from Receptionist through to Management roles. These were held in many different industries from Interior Design through to Superannuation. She was a Trustee for a Superannuation Fund for 3 years.
She has also had experience in various sales roles and runs her own direct selling business from home. She spent 15 years working in Sydney and the past 15 years working in Launceston, the last 2 years working for TFCA and AFCA.
Denise's role now is an integral part of AFCA's day-to-day operations.
Ray Walker - Safety Field Officer (Tasmania)
Ray provides a ‘fee for service’ for AFCA members, non-members Forestry Contracting Businesses and forest managers within Tasmania. He provides a range of services from advice on Safety Management Systems and Safety Compliance Checks as well as assessment for FOLS and a range of practices undertaken on harvest and haulage operations. Ray has a passion for safety and participates in a number of committees and forums that highlight safety and its importance. In 2016, Ray celebrated 30 years’ service to our industry which was fantastic milestone to have reached. .