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

Michael O’Connor, Co-Chair

Michael O’Connor is the National Secretary of the CFMEU, and has been so since January 2011. He is also the Divisional Secretary of the Manufacturing Division and has held this position since 2005. He has been with the Union for over thirty years, commencing work as a union organiser in 1985.

Michael is Co-Chair of First Super, a $3 billion industry superannuation fund, which has 64,000 members across the timber, pulp and paper, and furniture and joinery industries, and their communities. Michael also chairs the First Super Investment Committee. He is a Director on the boards of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and Industry Super Australia (ISA).

Stacey Gardiner, Co-Chair

Ms Stacey Gardiner joined the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) in March 2015, as the General Manager. Previously she worked within the agricultural sector and in Land Use Planning within the public sector. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Master of Land Use Planning.

Stacey believes that collaboration and stakeholder engagement is key to policy development and enjoys fostering partnerships and working towards long term strategic goals. Since joining the forest sector, she has been able to forge relationships with stakeholders across the supply chain. Through these partnerships, she has been able to development policy, projects and training opportunities on behalf of AFCA, with an emphasis in promote g a safe and healthy environment with a future focus.

In May 2019, Stacey joined the Australia Forest Products Association Board as a non-voting observer and is also currently Chair of the Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee. She also represents forestry contracting businesses and AFCA members, on a range of committees and councils through-out industry and government.

Ross Hampton, Director

Ross Hampton has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) since 2013. AFPA is the peak industry body representing growers (native and plantation), processors (native and plantation) and the pulp, paper and bioproducts sector. AFPA’s focus is on national policy making.
Ross has worked as a reporter, adviser and policy advocate for the last three decades in Canberra and overseas.

Ross has been an energetic and effective champion of the issues which confront the Forestry and Forest Products sector including in the areas of training and safety, skills shortages, diversity, energy, water, climate change, trade and the environment. Ross has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ross is Vice Chair of the UN FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Based Industries (ACSFI) and is a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) board.

Denise Campbell-Burns, Director

Denise is a safety professional engaged in the pulp and paper sector with over 18 years’ experience in the forestry industry.  Her breadth of experience incorporates policy and system development; hazard management; and fatality investigation. Denise’s key achievements have included the development and implementation of risk control standards in the sawmilling sector; fire safety guidelines for sawmills; former Chair of the Victorian State Coroners’ “Tree Felling Safety Group” and a Gottstein Fellowship to review wood dust exposure standards in Scandinavia.  Denise holds a Graduate Diploma of Hazard Management.

Since 2013, she has been the Federal President of the Pulp & Paper Workers District of the CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division, and a Director of First Super – the timber, pulp and paper, and furniture and joinery industry superannuation fund. In May 2018, Denise was appointed President of the Manufacturing Division.

Tony Price, Director

Tony has 30 years’ experience in all facets of the forest industry, and has a particular interest in harvesting, processing and marketing. He has held a number of senior managem    ent positions in the hardwood plantation sector and has also operated his own consultancy business.

Tony brings a wide range of executive management and board director experience to ForestWorks and is well connected with industry leaders, which enables him to provide analysis of current industry thinking, issues and challenges.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) from the Australian National University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and attended the International Executive Programme at INSEAD in France. Tony is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Travis Lawson, Director

Travis is a 3rd 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.