All passionate champions for sustainable forest management and experts in their field, the Board of Directors of Responsible Wood includes independent and elected individuals.

Responsible Wood’s Directors are appointed by our members in accordance with our Constitution.


Johannes Drielsma AM

CHAIR (Independent)

B. Sc. For (Hons), M.F.S., M. Phil., Ph.D., FAICD, FIFA

Hans has worked in the forest industry for over 40 years. Following postgraduate studies in natural resource sociology at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, he worked for Forests NSW and Forestry Tasmania.  During his time in Tasmania, he led the introduction of environmental certification into the organisation, including Responsible Wood certification.

Since its inception, Hans has taken a leading role in the development of the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme, and its endorsement by PEFC. He was a Director of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Council from 2006 to 2016, and served on the PEFC International Governance Review Panel. He has also been instrumental in a more active multi-nation promotion of PEFC in the Asian region.

Alison Carmichael

Dip Ag Sci, M. Ed(E&T). Grad Dip FET, GAICD, Fellow AusAE, Fellow AITD

Alison is Executive Manager of Skills Impact, an organisation that supports the development of national skills standards. Alison has extensive experience in membership-based and not-for-profit organisations as chief executive officer, consultant, senior manager, company secretary and board member.

Her executive experience covers forestry, irrigation, natural resource management, energy efficiency, safety and product stewardship. One of her specialties is in developing and managing accreditation and certification programs, both voluntary and regulatory, and the associated standards and codes.

Alison is Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Colin Fitzpatrick

Colin is Chief Executive Officer at the Timber & Building Materials Association (TABMA). Prior to which, he was Managing Director with Moirs Paper, a Sydney based paper merchant. Before which, Colin was General Manager of Victa Ltd, a division of the Sunbeam Victa Corporation.

Colin is a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Craig Smith

Craig is dedicated to the work of representing and advancing the interests of workers in the forestry, furnishing and timber manufacturing industries and the principles of trade unionism. He has trade qualifications in cabinet making and wood machining, and a Certificate IV in business management and accounting.

He is the National Divisional Assistant Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union, Manufacturing Division. He also has over 27 years’ experience as a paid official of the Union.

Craig is also a Member of two industry training and skills development advisory steering committees in NSW.

Craig is also a member of the Governance Committee.

Nathan Trushell


Nathan is Chief Executive Officer of VicForests. He has 25 years’ experience in natural resource management, during much of this time holding various senior forestry management positions within Victoria. He has a B.Sc in Resource and Environmental Management form the Australian National University, is a fellow of the World Forestry Institute and has completed management and director training at the Melbourne Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nathan is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

David West

B.Sc. (For), MBA

David has over 35 years’ experience in public and private commercial forest management in Queensland, including management roles in forest stewardship, risk management, sales and marketing, resources, strategic planning and commercial services.

He is currently Group Manager Stewardship HQPlantations and his responsibilities include the management of HQPlantations forest certification activities.

David is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and in September 2017 was appointed chair of the A&R Committee.

Mark Thomson

B.Arch. A.D.B.E.T.

Mark is a multi-awarded Queensland Architect with over 30 years experience in the commercial building and design sector. He is the Immediate Past President of the AGDF (Australian Green Development Forum ), a Board member of the Griffith University Eco Centre and Faculty Member of the GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia).

Over the past 25 years, he has held company directorships in property development, hotel, design, environment and pollution technology organisations.  He co-founded the Centre for Sub Tropical Design in 2005, whilst an Adjunct Professor at QUT,  and was Corporate Sustainability Principal of the Schiavello Group of Companies, Australia’s largest commercial furniture manufacturer and fitout construction organisation.

In 2018, Mark was invited to the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam to judge the PEFC Prize and since 2014 has been a Judge in the Australian Banksia Sustainability Awards. He is a current  Greenstar and Earthcheck Accredited Professional, proficient with sustainability rating tools and an invited contributor to numerous industry magazines.

Mark is a regular lecturer at QUT and the University of Queensland who passionately advocates ESD (ecologically sustainable development).  His consulting business “Eco Effective Solutions” offers design, project management, research and resource management services, to effectively deliver healthy living and working environments.

Katie Fowden

BA (Hons)

Katie is the Strategic Relations Manager for Hyne Timber, working with key stakeholders to promote the use of responsibly sourced timber in construction.  She also represents Hyne Timber as a Director on the Hyne Tumbarumba Trust and the Queensland Government Biofutures Industry Advisory Council.

Katie has a diverse background having previously held an Executive Director position with the Northern Territory Government overseeing crisis media and corporate communications. She has a wealth of experience developing strategy and implementing social policy working with both Government and not-for-profit organisations.

Katie holds a BA Honours Degree in Social Policy and Criminology obtained from the UK University of Kingston Upon Hull.

Judy Alexander

B.Sc. (For), RPF

Judy is the Managing Director of Foresa Consulting. She has over 20 years’ experience in natural resource management in both the public and private sectors across Australia. She has been on the board of Australian Forest Growers for several years and has been a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia for over 20 years.

Judy is a Registered Professional Forester with recognised specialist skills in forest certification. Throughout her career she has worked for companies to help them gain and maintain certification and is an accredited lead auditor.

Judy is a member of the Governance Committee.