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Graham West

Graham is the current National President of NZ Farm Forestry association and chairman of the Forest Growers Levy Trust Small and Medium Enterprise Committee. He has a Master of Forestry Science degree from Canterbury and has had 48 years’ experience in forestry science at Scion, particularly in forest management systems, forest economics, strategic value chain management, and land use optimisation.

His senior corporate roles have been as a Software Business Unit Leader, Science Program Leader, and Principal Technologist. He has considerable experience with the broader forestry sector and has been a member of NZFFA and NZIF for more than 20 years.

As a registered forestry consultant, he runs a consultancy business that covers land use projects, financial modelling, and forest management options. He is a director of ForestX, a forestry transactional business. At home he runs a small farm with livestock, production forestry, and 10 ha of retired indigenous forest.

Throughout his career, Graham has been passionate about the role forestry can play to enhance New Zealand’s economic and environmental performance. For the last three years he has been instrumental in the BOP Forest and Wood Action Group and associated initiatives to develop a higher profile for the sector. He is active in writing articles and giving presentations on the benefits of forestry. Graham has served as Chairman for the BOP Farm Forestry branch since March 2018. Since May 2019 he has been a member of the Farm Forestry National Executive and is active in the improvement and promotion of the organisation. Recently, he has been instrumental in the establishment of the CNI Wood Council and serves on the committee.

Graham is a strong advocate for the Forest Growers Levy but believes funds can be better spent to benefit levy payers and improve the performance of the wood sector. He will endeavour to use his political, technical, and commercial skills to achieve that.

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