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

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

Johannes Drielsma

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. Growing up in the Blue Mountains of NSW led to an early interest in the effects of the forest industry on the environment and local communities. 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 been 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

Alison is General Manager of Agsafe Limited, a not for profit organisation providing stewardship services to the agricultural sector and was previously CEO of the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Alison has had extensive experience in membership-based and not-for-profit organisations in a range of roles including 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 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 and furnishing 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 NSW District Secretary and Senior National Vice President of the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union, Forestry, Furnishing, Building Products and Manufacturing Division. He also has over 25 years’ experience as a paid official of the Union.

Craig is a current Director of ForestWorks Limited, he is also a Member of two industry training and skills development advisory steering committees in NSW.

Craig is also a member of the Marketing and Communications 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.

Alan Bones

Alan has been involved in all aspects of the timber industry in two countries over twenty years.

After cutting his teeth in other building materials in Western Australia, he took a Sydney based role as a Product Manager for CSR Structaflor particleboard flooring. Three years later (after adding Weathertex, a hardboard cladding material to his portfolio) he moved to Oberon to become Business Manager for Structaflor, responsible for all aspects of the operations as well as marketing the range. A brief stint with CSR Timber Products as Sales & Marketing Manager across several softwood sawmills ended abruptly when CSR sold the business, and paved the way to join Boral Timber for five years as GM – Sales & Marketing, responsible for hardwood, softwood and plywood markets in both Australia and the USA.

He joined Carter Holt Harvey in New Zealand when it was a public company almost fourteen years ago, responsible for sales and marketing of the New Zealand manufacturing businesses. Tenon’s structural assets were acquired, and then the company was privatised under the Rank Group in 2006. In his time at CHH a number of assets have been bought, sold, closed, expanded, and restructured. At various times that has included multiple sawmills, plywood factories, an LVL plant, MDF, particleboard, and melamine production, roundwood, reman, and even an interior design business. He has done business in such far flung places as South Africa and the Middle East, and is delighted to have been lucky enough to work with the world’s only truly renewable building material.

Alan is a member of the Marketing and Audit and Risk Committees.

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.

Suzanne Gai Little



Suzanne is an independent director appointed by the Responsible Wood Board due to her independence and ability to advise as an environmental scientist. Her career includes environmental standards and auditing. She speaks on behalf of the natural environment to assist other Board Directors during decision-making.

She has twelve years’ experience as a non-executive director on six boards. These included the:

  • Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority
  • Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia

Throughout her career Suzanne pioneered the environmental management profession during a pivotal era in Australia when corporations fundamentally changed their approach to doing business. She was the environment manager of four major entities:

  • Olympic Coordination Authority
  • AGL
  • Vodafone Australia
  • SAI Global

Suzanne was on the Audit & Risk Committee throughout FY 2016-2017. She also joined the Governance Committee during 2017.