Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of NZ (WPMA)
The merger of the WPA and PMA is now complete and the WPMA legally came into existence on 1 July 2014.
Our new Board of Brian Stanley (Chair) Tom Boon (Deputy Chair), Owen Griffiths, Charles Black, Doug Ducker, Tim Rigter, Mark Taylor, Paul Jordan and Jon Ryder met for the inaugural Board Meeting on 24 June.
The WPMA Executive Office is staffed by Dr Jon Tanner Chief Executive, Jeanette Sutherland and Debbie Fergie. Jeanette is WPMA’s Company Secretary and Debbie as Promotions Manager will be focusing on promotions, events and sponsorship. Jeff Parker has recently joined the team as Technical Manager who will be taking over the ever-growing task of standards, certifications and assurances.
Whilst the staffing number hasn’t grown, our coverage now spans the whole value chain post-forest gate. The Board believes that there are great opportunities with this link-up to develop more cooperative and collegial relationships along the supply chain with links extending into forest-growing. WPMA currently has a group working on strategy that aims to create the environment for these new relationships to flourish.
The Official Launch of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of New Zealand (WPMA) was held on 4 September at Deloitte House in Wellington.