ForestWorks Directors are elected by members and contribute their industry knowledge, expertise and time to guide the strategic direction and governance of ForestWorks.

Denise Campbell-Burns

Chair | Chair of the Employment Committee

Denise is the Secretary of the Pulp & Paper Workers District and elected President of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division. With over 25 years’ experience in the forestry industry, her technical discipline is in workplace health and safety and hazard management. Her breadth of experience incorporates policy and system development, fatality investigation and culture change as well as industrial relations and negotiating skills. She has been a key stakeholder in specialty industry safety projects with the Victorian Country Fire Authority, Victorian State Coroner and WorkSafe Victoria.

In more recent years her focus has been in representing workers in the pulp and paper sector. Her experience in the sector means she has a strong understanding about the needs of the industry and the required infrastructure for skills and training for workers.

Denise is a Director of First Super – the $3.5 billion industry superannuation fund for the timber; pulp and paper; furniture and joinery industries.

Stacey Gardiner

Deputy Chair | Member of the Employment Committee

Stacey is an experienced leader committed to building mutually beneficial relationships across organisations and industries for successful project delivery to support and enhance not-for-profit, government and public sectors. She has over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning and managing teams focused on creating strategic frameworks and developing policy with thorough analysis and research.

She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Master of Land Use Planning. As the former General Manager for the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA), Stacey’s successful record of leadership in delivering results, focused at driving improved outcomes from members, is demonstrated by the facilitation of training programs, development of policy and guidelines to support and improve outcomes for industry and her ongoing advocacy with all levels of government.

Stacey has served as a Director on the Australia Forest Products Association and Chair of the Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee.

Tony Price

Director | Member of the Risk, Audit, and Compliance Committee

Tony Price

Tony is a Director of Miller Grove Pty Ltd and was previously the Managing Director of Midway Ltd. He has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the forest industry, and has a particular interest in harvesting, processing, and marketing. Tony brings a wide range of executive management and board director experience to ForestWorks. He is well connected with industry leaders, which enables him to provide analysis of current industry thinking, issues, and challenges.

Travis Lawson

Director | Chair of the Risk, Audit, and Compliance Committee

Travis is a third generation timber/forestry worker who commenced with the CFMEU as a union organiser in 2004.

Travis has previously consulted and worked with ForestWorks on the project to Build and Maintain Timber Stacks Unit of Competency and also the Advances in Wood Machining and Saw Doctoring Project which resulted in two updated qualifications for saw technicians and wood machinists.

Travis has also completed various projects with industry stakeholders that have resulted in specialised career paths for mobile plant operators, forestry maintenance workers, treatment plant operators, saw technicians/wood machinists, maintenance personnel, and various other production roles with the goal of achieving industry excellence for the employees and their workplaces.

Travis is extremely passionate about timber and its journey from the forest to the countless products that it is transformed into, and he views timber as the ultimate renewable and sustainable resource which will have a major role to play regarding future global development.

Scott McLean


A born and bred Tasmanian, Scott has worked in the forest and wood products industry for three decades. Scott is the Tasmanian District Secretary of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division.

Scott has been involved in a number of training and safety management issues over the years, including the introduction of mechanical harvesting, the FOLS system, high risk licensing and training packages for forest and timber products workers.

As the former chair of the Tasmanian Forest Industry Training Board (TFITB) for almost a decade, Scott together with the TFITB Board navigated the merger with ForestWorks, in order to enhance training and skills outcomes for workers and the industry.

David McGinness


David possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the timber industry and related sectors, having worked in the field for over 30 years. After starting his career in chartered accounting and auditing, he began working at AKD in the early 1990s, a timber and sawmilling business with 1,200 employees across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. At AKD, David has held top positions in operations, risk management and workplace relations, and served as company secretary for over 25 years.

David has established strong relationships with industry professionals, training providers, and educational institutions to advocate for the development of the timber industry and its people. He holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, a Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations, is a member of CPA Australia, and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia. In addition, he is a founding Director and Secretary of SPE (Management) Pty Ltd, an export woodchip joint venture established in 1996, and currently serves as its Chair.