Our Council meets in Wellington and is directed by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry’s Articles of Association.

The Council’s responsibilities include:

  • representing New Zealand’s forestry professionals, their aspirations, views and opinions
  • setting policy direction with the goal of enhancing all forestry types, then planning and implementing actions to achieve this
  • membership extension (e.g. Registered Foresters scheme, Journal, newsletters, local and national meetings)
  • facilitating continuing professional development (CDP) for our members
  • administering the NZIF’s affairs and fiduciary duties
  • promoting the economic, social and environmental values and benefits of forestry
  • promoting the professional standards and ethics of our members.

NZIF Council


President - David Evison

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This is David’s third term on Council. He's there because he believes in the need to promote the forestry sector’s potential to contribute more to both the economy and the environment. He also believes in the value of a strong connection between the NZIF and the School of Forestry, as well as other education providers.

David says he enjoys being on Council. Among other things, he says it gives him a better understanding of the big issues facing the sector, which helps him in his roles as an educator and researcher. As well as his position as vice-President, David is also responsible for the Journal. He is also a Trustee of the NZIF Foundation.

Vice President - Peter Hill


Treasurer - Kent Chalmers

A Kent Chalmers

Kent is in his third term as a Councillor and his first as Treasurer. Since graduating from the School of Forestry he has spent his career working in the Otago/Southland region and is currently the Marketing and Logistics Manager for City Forests in Dunedin.

Kent says he’s privileged to have worked across the full breadth of the industry, from forest establishment to timber marketing. He believes the industry does not receive the recognition it deserves and he’s extremely proud to have made his career in forestry.

Secretary - Jess Brown 

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After a degree in arts and science, and a career teaching whitewater kayaking both in New Zealand and Northern California, Jess graduated from the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury in 2012 with a B.Sc. (For) with First Class Honours.

Jess is now working for Hancock Forest Management in Rotorua as a Planning and Valuation Analyst. While studying at Canterbury Jess worked for Owen Springford (forestry consultant) doing inventory, carbon and valuation work for mostly smaller private forest owners. She also spent a summer working for Solid Energy, developing a carbon offset model, which she continued as her honours project. 

Jess says she’s greatly looking forward to contributing to the NZIF. She’s particularly interested in developing membership so it’s seen as worthwhile by all sections of the professional forestry industry and not just those in the later stages of their career. Her personal goals within the NZIF is to increase the relevance of the NZIF for students and graduates, to look at how to better promote forestry to women as a career path, and how the industry can promote itself better as a female-friendly work environment.


Dr Euan Mason 


Euan is a full professor at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, where he specialises in silviculture and hybrid physiological/mensurational modelling of forest growth and yield. He is a Fellow of the NZIF, and has also received a variety of awards and fellowships for his research. He has projects developing and implementing new ways of modelling growth and yield, that he initiated, with forestry companies and research institutes both in New Zealand and in several other countries. He has been a member of the NZIF since 1975, and served on council for nine years from 2001 to 2010, among other things serving as an elected member of the technical committee designing Forestry Stewardship Council Plantation Standards for two years, as NZ Journal of Forestry editor from 2006 to 2009, and as a liaison with students at the School of Forestry.


Patrick Milne 

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Patrick has 43 years’ experience in New Zealand’s forest industry and has been a member of the NZIF for much of that time. Today he’s self employed as a Registered Forest Consultant specialising in both small-scale forestry and species other than radiata pine. Patrick is a past president of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association and is still a member of its executive council.

He’s also the small forest grower representative on the Forest Levy Trust Research Committee. This is his first term on the NZIF Council.

Murray Parrish 

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Murray has an M.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology from Auckland University, specialising in the neural control of cardiac function in fishes. He has spent five years with the Environmental Co-ordinator’s office of the DSIR, providing scientific and technical advice to the Minister of Science on topical environmental issues, including RMA reform, mining, forestry, Antarctic environmental protection and climate change.

Murray has spent 23 years with Carter Holt Harvey in a range of Australasian environmental management roles, including for the forestry, wood products, and pulp, paper and packaging divisions. He contributed to the ERMA-led review of CCA-treated wood, which re-registered it for use as a safe and efficacious product.

He is the elected company representative on the Boards of PacNZ and the Paper Forum, with an interest in maintaining, enhancing and promoting the readily recyclable attributes of paper and paper packaging.


Bridget Fraser

Bridget Fraser

Bridget studied Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, before heading to Rotorua where she worked for Fletcher Challenge Forests as part of the forest management team. She then moved to Wellington where she has worked for a number of government agencies including the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and, her current employer, the Ministry for the Environment, where she mainly work on international carbon reporting. She has been a member of the NZIF since 2002 and think the main roles of the Institute are to advocate for our sector and to provide members access to information and context about our operating environment to use for decision making. 


Jonathon Dash 

Jonathan is a forester and remote sensing scientist who has been working at Scion (NZ Forest Research Institute) in Rotorua for the past five years. Jonathan’s work focuses on developing methods for using emerging technologies to improve our understanding of and ability to monitor forests. Prior to working at Scion Jonathan was employed at a consulting and forestry services company covering many aspects of the New Zealand forest sector including forest valuation and due diligence, forest inventory and yield modelling, log scaling and quality control, and developing remote sensing systems for commercial plantation forests. Jonathan has also spent time working in the forest industry in the UK and Australia.


 Jonathan holds a MSc in Forest Science from the University of Wales, Bangor, a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is currently completing a PhD in the remote detection of invasive trees (including wilding pines) at the University of Canterbury. This is Jonathan’s first term on the NZIF council and he looks forward to helping the NZIF continue to serve the forest sector.          


Peter Casey

Peter Casey


Peter has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry  since 1984. He spent 15 years in the Forestry Sector where with a   multi-disciplinary back ground of a Forestry degree, Chartered Accountant and a MBA he held a diverse range of roles.  Peter has previously served on the NZIF Council in the 1990’s.  

Then over the last 20 years Peter has held senior roles in the public and private sector across the Transport, Infrastructure, Industrial Chemicals, Property and Fund Management sectors.  Peter is currently the General Manager of New Zealand Carbon Farming, the largest supplier of Carbon Credits in NZ.

Peter is a Registered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, Chairman of the Registration Board  and hopes his range of experiences can contribute to growing  community recognition of the positive and value add role of the professional forester.