Committee & Staff

Our Chairman

Bryan Hayes,
Forico Pty Ltd

Our primary purpose is to represent the Tasmania’s forest industries by working on policy and related matters with governments at all levels, in the media and in communities where forestry is often a major economic driver.

Tasmania’s forest industry is diverse, and includes wood and fibre production from native forest, hardwood plantations and softwood plantations grown within the State, which is backed by a world-class forest management system that continues to deliver sustainable forest management. The formation of the organisation heralds a new era of cooperation between all parts of the industry.

Our CEO

Victor Violante

Victor is excited to be leading a peak industry body focused on the sustainable timber and wood-based products we love and use every day. This means supporting members throughout the supply chain – from seed to trees to products like cardboard, decks, house frames and so much more. 

Prior to his appointment as CEO of AFPA NSW, Victor was Deputy CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, and has been at the forefront of AFPA’s national advocacy for over five years. Before joining AFPA in 2016, Victor held senior roles as a political adviser in policy and communications, and as a journalist.

Victor is passionate about the importance of NSW’s sustainable forest industries to the lives of all Australians – through the essential products and services they provide, the significant contribution they make towards the state’s Net Zero Emissions goal (our plantations replant around 20 million trees a year), and the vital role the sector plays in regional communities, employing tens of thousands of people. 

By working collaboratively with the NSW Government, all sides of politics and other stakeholders, Victor leads AFPA NSW’s strategic direction to create a positive, stable operational environment for our members to grow and innovate with confidence.