Registration Board

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Registration Board regulates and administers member registration. To communicate with the Registration Board please contact the Registrar.

Registration Board

Chairman - Peter Casey


Registrar - Tim Thorpe

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Tim has been involved in the forest industry for over 25 years. He started with the NZ Forest Service, moved into the Ministry of Forestry then Timberlands West Coast Ltd with periods in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in between. Since 2008, he has been consulting in a range of industries, including forestry. He has worked in temperate, indigenous and tropical forestry as well as wood utilisation.

Tim was a previous Chair of the Registration Board and President of the NZIF. He is currently the General Manager of the NZIF and an approved Field Auditor under the Safetree Contractor Certification system.

Board Members

Janet Scott 

A Janet Scott

Janet studied forestry at Canterbury University, then worked as a technical forester for the New Zealand Forestry Service (NZFS), Forest Research Institute (FRI), Auckland Timberlands, Carter Holt Harvey Forestry (CHH), Forest Corp and Fletcher Forests, as well as completing short contracts in Scotland and Indonesia.

After a major restructuring round, she decided to go travelling and ended up in London where she worked as a consultant commercial risk manager, mainly in the rail sector. She has worked on construction projects ranging from $250,000 station re-builds to major reconfigurations worth several billions of pounds, including the Thameslink programme, on behalf of both client organisations and major contractors.

“For the last eight years, I have been running my own company. Since returning to New Zealand last year, I have really enjoyed getting back into forestry as a contractor. This is such an interesting time for New Zealand’s forestry industry and forestry professionals,” she says.

Geoff Cameron

A Geoff Cameron

Geoff is the newcomer to the Registration Board and says he looks forward to representing the views of the Institute membership, however they are presented to him.

Geoff is one of a vanishing breed – foresters trained under the New Zealand Forest Service training scheme who attended an overseas forestry school. He was the last Kiwi to graduate from the Oxford School of Forestry Science.

After graduation, Geoff worked in a number of New Zealand Forest Service positions in Head Office, the Forest Research Institute, Waipa Sawmill, Kaingaroa Forest, the Forestry Training Centre and in Dunedin. He joined Dunedin's Tasman Forestry Ltd in 1981 and worked for nine years in Otago/Southland, Nelson/Marlborough, and as a visiting lecturer at the School of Forestry. After that he was forest manager for the Christchurch City Council, then the Wellington Regional Council.

In 2000 Geoff became self-employed and successfully applied for recognition as a registered forestry consultant. His main areas of consulting work have been in rural fire project management, rural fire protection reviews and environmental (mainly FSC certification) auditing. Geoff joined the NZIF in 1970, and held the positions of Newsletter Editor and Councillor between 1982 and 1988. He was Secretary for the then Wellington Section from 2001 to 2003, and has been on the organising committees for several Institute conferences.

Geoff was elected as a Fellow in 2012.

Ian Page 

A Ian Page

After emigrating from the United Kingdom in 1966, Ian’s first role in New Zealand was spending four years as a frontline forester at Kaingaroa, responsible for re-establishment following harvest, seed collection and weed control.

After post-graduate study in Canada he joined the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Rotorua where he formed and led a multi-disciplinary team encouraging and developing mechanised techniques for growing plantations. After six years with FRI, Ian left to develop his own farm and forest enterprise just outside of Whangarei. With that established, Ian, his wife Sandy and a business partner built a forestry contracting and technical services company in Northland. In 1982, leaving this business in the hands of his partner, Ian (and family) spent a year with Chilean forestry giant Forestal Arauco developing establishment techniques, standards and management systems.

Ian joined Chandler Fraser Keating (CFK) in 1984 and was a director of the company at various times since then, setting up the Northland office of the company in 1985. As a general forester with specialist experience in plantation establishment and mechanisation, management audit and general resource studies, he led CFK valuation, due diligence and other projects in New Zealand, Chile, Uruguay and the Pacific Islands. He left CFK in 2011.

Ian has been active in the NZIF, spending time on the National Council and chairing a local Northland branch for several years in the 1980s. Before becoming a Retired Member a couple of years ago, he was the longest serving Registered Forester in New Zealand (registration No 3) and is currently in his fifth term on the NZIF Registration Board.

Andrew McEwen


Andrew has been involved in New Zealand forestry since 1962. He is a Registered Forester and an NZIF Fellow. He served on the NZIF Council as a Councillor (2003-04), Vice President (2004-08) and President (2008-14). He was elected as a registered member representative to the Board in 2016.

The first half of his career was with the NZ Forest Service in general forestry and research. He was very involved in the corporatisation and then privatisation of the former State forests, along with Treaty of Waitangi issues and settlements involving forests and forest land in the 1980s and 90s.

Andrew has received a number of awards, including the NZIF Thomas Kirk Award in 2014, a Commonwealth Forestry Association Award of Excellence in 2015 and was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to forestry in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.

Andrew strongly believes that registration is a way for a forestry professional to demonstrate they aspire to high professional standards. It follows the President Kennedy quote of “ask not what registration can do for you, ask what registration says about you as a professional”. Andrew is concerned that too many NZIF members still think of registration of interest only to consultants, rather than as a professional standard all should aspire to achieve.