Michael has over 25 years of international forestry experience in both consultancy and line management roles. He has extensive experience in the management of both softwood and hardwood plantations, covering both short-rotation fibre crops and longer-rotation solid log crops. He has worked on forestry projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Michael has worked or consulted for ADIC, Mercer, Santanol, PNG Biomass, Forest First, sappi, Shell Renewables, Asia Pulp and Paper, Forestry Corporation, APRIL, Stora Enso, PNG Biomass, JK Paper, Midway, ABI Indonesia, Klabin and UPM Forestry.
Michael is an experienced Project Manager overseeing Forestry and Renewable Energy startup projects in the Pacific, Asia and South America. He specialises in the start up of greenfield projects and operational improvement in existing projects.
Key Skills: Project Management, Operational Improvement, Due Diligence, Valuation, Strategy, ESG
Education: MSc Forestry and it Relation to Land Use (Oxford University), BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Imperial College, University of London)
Passionate About: Sustainable Project Development, Team Building and Development, Operational Improvement
Andrew has worked in the forestry industry for over 25 years with experience ranging from silviculture operations to the transactions of large forest estates. He is skilled in forest valuations, modelling of plantation growth and yields, and forest estate modelling. His focus has been in radiata pine, tropical and temperate eucalypts, and sandalwood plantations. He completed consulting projects in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South America, and Africa. Andrew worked at Pöyry for eight years where he managed projects including forest valuations, transaction due diligence, feasibility studies, resource modelling, field inspections, and business strategy. Before Pöyry (AFRY) he worked for Timbercorp for three years as the Resource Information Manager and for Norske Skog for five years as an Information Systems and Silviculture Forester.
Key Skills: Forest estate modelling, forest valuation, due diligence for acquisitions, carbon, inventory, modelling forest growth and yield, geographic information systems
Education: BSc (Forestry) (Australian National University) and an Executive MBA (Monash University)
Passionate About: working with clients to build forest estate models that are accurate for estimating value while flexible to evaluate management options
Robert Davies has over 25 years of experience in plantation forestry in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific. Over his career Robert has worked as a manager, consultant and a contractor for a range of companies including: Weyerhauser, Shell Forestry, The Nature Conservatory, Forestal Oriental, Forest First, Forestal Yguazu, Interforest, PNG Biomass and the Institute of Commercial Forestry. Robert has been based in South America for over 20 years and has lived and worked in Uruguay, Guatemala, Paraguay and Colombia. He is a qualified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) expert .
Key Skills: Greenfield / Brownfield Development, Operation Improvement, Due Diligence, Training and FSC preparation, ESG and Management of High Conservation Areas.
Education: BSc (Hons) Agriculture (University of Kwazulu Natal, RSA)
Passionate About: Project Sustainability, Effective and Measurable Impact Investments that Deliver Results, Training of People on Site and seeing the Positive Impacts of Our Work