WPMA Board Meeting Dates 2020:


To be advised due to COVID-19



WPMA Constitution

A copy of the current WPMA Constitution can be downloaded here (updated 5 December 2018)


WPMA Board


Brian Stanley - Chair of WPMA
Recently Retired General Manager, Fibre - Oji Fibre Solutions (formerly CHH Pulp & Paper)

Brian is the Chairman of the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of New Zealand and Board Member of the Wood Council of New Zealand.

Brian has a senior management background associated with the forestry and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand.  He had a 15 year career with the NZ Forest Service prior to joining Fletcher Challenge Limited in 1978 where he held a number of senior management roles at the Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited Kawerau mill. In early 2000 Brian joined Carter Holt Harvey Limited where he is currently employed as General Manager, Fibre. 

Brian served in the NZ Fire Service as a volunteer fire officer for a period of 35 years attaining the rank of Chief Fire Officer.  He was elected to the executive of the United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand in 1990, served as President in 1993/94 and was elected a Life Member of that Association.

In the 1995 New Year Honours List Brian was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for his work associated with the Fire Service and kindred organisations. 

In 1997 Brian was appointed to the NZ Fire Service Commission where he served as Deputy Chairman until completion of his appointed term.  He has also served as a Director on a number of companies and as Chairman and Trustee on a number of Maori Trusts.

Garth Mortensen
Managing Director North Sawn Lumber Ltd  

Garth has 20 years’ experience in the in the timber processing industry starting and developing NSL from a small 4-person operation into the specialist timber treatment and processing company it is today, employing 54 staff across 3 sites.

He has a very strong focus on the long-term sustainability of the industry and am actively involved in addressing and managing issues arising from the current non-sustainable log harvest in Northland.  Northland based sawmillers and processors have been in the forefront of highlighting this issue and developing strategies on a local and national level to mitigate the impact of log availability.

Garth's an advocate for product compliance and governance and believe in the development of industry standards which adapt to the changing regulatory environment, while continuing to ensure compliance is delivered.

He had a 12-year career in the New Zealand Police which equipped me with a wide range of skills resulting in a management style which is very hands on, but with a good understanding of the regulatory and legislative frame work which govern this industry.

Owen Griffiths
Director, TimberLab Solutions Ltd               

Owen Griffiths is the Marketing Director of Timberlab Solutions NZ’s largest manufacturer and exporter of structural Glulam.  He has been involved for over 40 years in the development and manufacture of structural timber solutions. In November 2012 McIntosh Timber Laminates, who had pioneered the manufacture of Glulam in New Zealand for over 54 years, and TimberBond Industries who specialised in residential Glulam applications and engineered timber midfloor solutions, merged  to form TimberLab Solutions Ltd.

Specialising in laminated timber, he has been involved in expanding the international awareness of NZ Glulam’s potential as a prime structural design option.  His company has been at the leading edge of Glulam development in NZ since their beginning in 1957 and has a long standing commitment to design detail, innovation and quality in service and production. Recent commissioning of NZ’s first 5 axis CNC Bridge marks another milestone.

Timberlab provides Glulam and contemporary engineered timber solutions including LVL post tensioned structures for building projects throughout New Zealand and, significantly, to offshore markets. Owen has been instrumental in introducing NZ Glulam structures to a number of overseas markets including The Pacific, Australia, Hong Kong, Asia, North Africa, The Middle East and Mediterranean.

Owen has served as Chairman of the NZ Timber Certification Board and is a past president of NZ Pine Manufacturers Association, on executive council of the New Zealand Timber Design Society and past board member of Woodco. He has presented various papers and spoken at a number of international seminars on timber design.

Doug Ducker
Managing Director, Pan Pac Forest Products Limited, New Zealand

Pan Pac Forest Products Limited is a fully integrated forestry company based in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand and owned by Oji Green Resources of Japan.

Pan Pac operations include:

  • Forestry/Logistics managing the company’s 35,000 hectare forest estate
  • Lumber with capacity to produce over 400,000m3 per annum of sawn timber primarily for export
  • Pulp producing over 280,000 tonnes per annum of thermo-mechanical pulp for Shareholders Oji as TMP, and also BCTMP pulp grades for the open market.

Doug Ducker has been Managing Director of Pan Pac Forest Products since 2004 – following service with the company in roles including process engineering, technical R & D, project management and production management.

He has been a councillor of Japan New Zealand Business Council over the last 9 years and is a Director of the Wood Processors Association.  He was also Chair of the Wood Council of New Zealand from its inception until November 2013.


Brendan Smith

Compliance and Risk Manager for the JNL Group

After graduating from the Australian National University, Canberra, with a BSc (Forestry) Brendan commenced a now 30 plus years career in wood processing (saw milling and plywood / LVL manufacture), as supervisor or operations manager in both Australia and New Zealand. 

  • Private Investment Pinus radiata Forest establishment and silviculture supervisor, with a consulting / management company in Tumbarumba, NSW. 
  • Plywood, LVL and Framing timber manufacture, 8 years - APM Wood Products Canberra (Brown and Dureau Building Materials / Amcor). 
  • Plywood, LVL, Sawn timber manufacture, 26 years, being East Coast Mill manager for several years.  Brendan is now Compliance and Risk Manager for the JNL group, that also includes Reconstituted Wood Panels - Juken New Zealand Ltd. 

Brendan is currently the WPMA member representing manufacturing on the Standards NZ, NZ 3602, Timber and Wood-based Products for Use in Building, review committee.  He also is on the Standards Australia and NZ review committee for AS/NZS 8008, Finger Jointed Structural Timber and AS/NZS 4708 Sustainable Forest Management. 

He has been President of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (3 terms), and currently on the EWPAA Board, and the EWPAA representative on the Engineered Wood Products Quality Committee. 

Jon Ryder
CEO, Oji Fibre Solutions (formerly CHH Pulp & Paper), New Zealand

Jon Ryder is currently the CEO of Oji Fibre Solutions, Paper and Packaging division as such he has direct responsibility for all activities of these businesses, Health Safety and Environment , EBIT,  manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing and strategic development.  Jon has gained  over 25 years experience in the Forestry, Pulp and Paper business and his interest in the Industry started from his  Biochemistry degree from Manchester University and then a PhD from UMIST in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing. 

Jon’s career has spanned International boundaries starting in the UK in Technical and production management of fine coated papers mills, then in NZ with Packaging  Paper Manufacturing at Kinleith and then Pulp mill management experience at Tasman. A short spell in Australia in general management looking after multiple manufacturing facilities with sales and marketing responsibilities. He came to his senses and moved back to New Zealand nearly 2 years ago to take up the challenge with CHH PPP.

Mark Taylor
General Manager NZ operations, Tenon Clearwood Ltd

I have close to 30 years experience within the Industry including leadership roles in:

  • Primary Processing
  • Remanufacturing including FJ / Solid Lineal Mouldings / Clear Pine Board / Outdoor products  
  • Distribution and Sales ( including providing finished high grade products through to large format DIY stores in the USA and Australia)
  • Managing a businesses with a strong export focus  over a prolonged period of time      

I am extremely passionate about driving a culture of Zero Harm across our operations at Taupo and am very supportive of wider industry safety initiatives.

I have sat on the board of the WPA since 2009 and have made constructive and “experience based” contributions during that time.

As one of the largest employers in Taupo I am very aware of the need for a growing, profitable, vibrant, industry and the potential this sector has to achieve this. I am keen to show strong leadership in the new WPMA and with a sound knowledge of all aspects of the industry feel I can make a constructive contribution

John Eastwood, Head of Marketing & Business Development ANZ, XLam Solutions

With over fifteen years General Management and Executive Team leadership and management experience in the Construction and Manufacturing Sectors throughout Australasia John is regarded as an industry leader in how the supply chain integrates into the design and delivery of our built environment.

John has a deep passion for the long-term sustainable environmental and economic prosperity of our manufacturing and construction sectors.  With a background in architecture and a career in manufacturing and construction he has a unique perspective on how early engagement and commercial tension can coexist.  How DfMA and Build Offsite are a critical component to our productivity issue and how our productivity issue is our only real cost reduction lever.

John is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, New Zealand Institute of Building and a regular speaker on the topics of project governance, project collaboration, design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) and build offsite technologies and methodologies.


Mark Hansen

Managing Director - Rosvall Sawmill Ltd

Managing Director and 50% shareholder in Rosvall Sawmill Ltd.  We are a successful pruned sawmill located in Whangarei with export markets in Australia, USA and Pacific Islands.

I have served on the WPA board before from 2007 to 2012.  I joined the board at a time when LOSP treatment in house framing was an issue and I was keen to assist with the working groups to lead the Industry to a better place being the whole development and acceptance of dry boron treatment for NZ house frames.

My interest in serving on the WPMA board again with a particular interest in working with Industry Leaders and Government connections in relation to Security of Supply of our forests to wood processors.

I have good connections with Moari Land owners in Northland and am aware of some of the opportunities this brings to our industry.

My general knowledge is extensive of the whole industry and am very aware how we are all rather inter-dependant on each other for growth to happen and successful business to succeed.

I have had a life time experience working in the wood processing industry with a lot of experience around Treating, Milling and Marketing from a pruned sawmill.

My strong interest in R&D included five years on the SWI (Solid Wood Initiative) board which was a Science consortia working in the wood processing space.

I am also trained in accountancy but wear my sawmill wood processing hat most of the time.




Alan Hartley - General Manager of Niagara Sawmilling Co Ltd

Alan Hartley has been in the timber industry for the last 39 years, and has worked in a number of organisation during that time ranging from small country sawmills to his current role as General Manager of Niagara Sawmilling Co Ltd, one of the larger privately owned sawmilling and timber Remanufacturing companies in New Zealand.

His focus for the last 25 years has been in Remanufacturing and in the last 18 months has been heavily involved in the design and purchase of a large optimising and finger jointing line. 

Alan is passionate about the industry and believes there is a huge amount of unrealised value throughout the supply chain from the forest to the consumer.  

He also believes that forming strong alliances with distribution partners is going to be vital as consolidation of channels to the consumer continues.

Alan lives in Ashburton with his wife of 39 years, has two children and two grandchildren, and enjoys motor bike riding, spending time with his grandchildren, the odd bit of fishing and watching sport.


Craig Dawson - Director – Westco Lumber Limited

Craig is a shareholder and Director of Westco Lumber Limited which has a sawmill near Hokitika on the West Coast and a processing and distribution operation in Wainoni, Christchurch.  He is the fifth generation of his family involved in the sawmilling industry.

Westco Lumber is an appearance grade timber operation cutting predominantly pruned logs and selling to customers in New Zealand, Australia, United States, Europe and Asia.

Craig trained as an accountant and joined Westco 28 years ago as the Company Accountant. During this time his work experience has covered all operations in the company. Craig takes leadership roles in Health & Safety, sales and planning and is responsible for the financial, information and compliance systems of the company.  He leads the leadership team on a number of issues including the focus on developing our Health and Safety culture. Three years ago, Craig became a shareholder and is progressively transitioning to leading the Company.

With almost 30 years in the industry and a detailed working knowledge from logs through processing to customers together with the required understanding of compliance issues we face, Craig is well placed to contribute on industry wide matters.

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