Up to eight Trustees govern and
administer the Trust Fund.
All of these people either hold or have held senior
positions in the Australian forest products industry. They donate their time
and expertise to support the Trust to achieve its objectives.
A Gottstein trustee since 2015, Suzette
is General Manager, Conservation and Land Management for Sustainable Timber Tasmania. A graduate of the University of Tasmania with
a Bachelor of Science, Suzette has 20 years’ experience in senior roles
directly responsible for environmental management of forests.
She is a director of the international
Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a leading alliance
of national forest certification systems which includes Responsible Wood in
Australia. She is also a director of the Forest Education Foundation. She is a
steering committee member of the Launceston National Institute of Forest
Products Innovation and her extensive involvement with industry groups includes
membership of the Tasmanian State Fire Management Council and the Forest
Practices Advisory Council.
Suzette is a mother of two teenagers
and lives just outside of Hobart on a small acreage. In her spare time Suzette
enjoys gardening, horse riding, and netball.
“I am proud to be the Chair of the
Gottstein Trust, a long standing Trust that creates opportunities for
individuals to grow and acquire knowledge in a broad range of forestry and
wood-products areas. One of the great strengths of the trust is the process of
bringing those learnings back and sharing them with the Australian forest and
wood products industries.”
been involved in the international timber industry for over 40 years, I am
delighted to be able to contribute to the activities of the Gottstein Trust”.
arriving in Australia in 1986, John Simon has held a number of senior executive
positions in the local timber industry. These include being the CEO of Simmonds
Lumber; Pine Solutions; and Hudson Building Supplies.
has also participated actively in industry organisations as Chairman of Forest
and Wood Products Australia; Chairman of the Timber Development Association;
and a member of the Housing Industry Association’s manufacturers’ and
John is the immediate past Chair of the Gottstein
"I have a substantial background in forest and business management.
An imperative for me has been to ensure that those working with me have
the best opportunity to learn more and develop their skills.
The Gottstein Trust has given me a great privilege in helping the
broader industry participates with the opportunity to grow and share their
Throughout a career spanning 35 years I have been the beneficiary of
great mentors; diverse learning opportunities; programmes; and institutions
that have put lifelong learning and personal development at the core of who I
am. The opportunity to support this ideal across an industry that has provided
me my career path is irresistible – it’s compelling to see others grow, and
doors open to them in their own development, with Gottstein the vehicle for
this. The responsibility and honour to serve as a Gottstein Trustee, and see
its great leverage of industry energy and goodwill towards a brighter future,
together, is immeasurably rewarding.
Beyond acting as a Trustee for the Gottstein Trust, Nils works as a
Non-Executive Director on the board of Midway Ltd, chairing its Safety and
Sustainability Committee. He is also a director/ Company Secretary on the BoD
of Chebmont Pty Ltd, trustee for the Gunnersen (Family) Investment Trust, and
sits on that BoD’s investment sub-committee. Nils has worked across the forest
and wood products industry in Australia and overseas, from: resource
establishment; harvest and haul; sawmilling; wood processing; lumber and
panels; softwood and hardwood; sales and marketing; wholesale distribution;
treasury; IT; business development; COO and CEO leadership; as well as on
various industry representative bodies.
Nils has been a Gottstein Trustee since 2011, and served as Trust Chair
from 2017 to 2019.
James is CEO of Wesbeam and has been a trustee since 2015.
my career in the forest and wood products industry I have been provided with
endless opportunity and supported in obtaining an education. Being a trustee of
the Gottstein Trust means I am able to play a role in giving back to the
industry by providing opportunity to others.”
Pearson is Head of Legal at OneFortyOne. OneFortyOne is a Trans-Tasman business
employing over 500 people that manages approximately 160,000 ha of softwood
plantations and operates two sawmills in the Green Triangle region of Australia
and Nelson/Marlborough region of New Zealand. Cara is a senior leader who
has over 25 years of varied experience within people leadership, commercial
law, property law, stakeholder engagement, governance and administration.
"The Gottstein Trust allows the industry to get absolute exposure
to the innovations in the wood fibre and forestry sector, which seem to be
Carlie is currently an integral part of the Visy fibre team and fibre
supply chain, with expertise in FSC and PEFC systems. Carlie has successfully
managed the largest FSC Chain of Custody certificate within Australia whilst
also been invited to participate in a number of industry groups, as a Trustee
on the board of the Gottstein Trust and a director of FSC Australia and New
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