Geoff Gorrie, Chair of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, announced today that Richard Stanton had been appointed as the National Secretary of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.
"Richard will take up his new role on 11th October 2011 and his main focus will be the oversight of the revision processes for both the Australian Forest Management Standard AS 4708 and the Chain of Custody Standard AS 4707 as well as continuing the growth of the company."
"Richard is well qualified to lead the company through its next stage of growth and development. He has been involved in the forest and wood and paper products industries for many years. He comes to this new leadership position from an extensive term as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P). Richard also has experience at both the State and Australian Government levels."
"The Board of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd looks forward to working with Richard to continue to promote the benefits of certification both in Australia and internationally through the company's accreditation by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes."
Geoff Gorrie also wished to express the Board's appreciation of the efforts and achievements of the parting Chief Executive Officer, Kayt Watts.
"Kayt has worked tirelessly to promote the Australian Forestry Standard brand and develop the company. The growth in Chain of Custody certification in Australia and the resulting logo licence agreements to display certification logos on wood and paper products over the last three years has been remarkable. The company's management systems and governance are on a sound footing for further growth and development."
The Board would like to wish Kayt well in any endeavour that she commences when her contract expires on 12th October 2011.