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Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners is responsible to the Minister for Forestry and is the governing body of the Forest Products Commission.

In accordance with the Forest Products Act 2000, the role of the Commission is to determine strategic direction, monitor performance and control the agency’s business affairs. Current members of the Board are:

Mr Ross Holt | Chairman

Ross Holt
Chairman from 16 November 2015. Term expires 15 November 2021.

Ross Holt spent 18 years in the Western Australian State Treasury department including four years as Assistant Under Treasurer.

From 1993 to 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp). During his tenure, Ross oversaw significant growth in the land and infrastructure development agency across all areas of the Western Australian property industry. With annual revenues in the order of AU$400-500 million and a staff of 220, LandCorp had a portfolio of more than 150 projects involving residential, commercial, regional and industrial development.

Board positions currently held by Ross include the Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University, non-executive Director of the Water Corporation, a non-executive Director of not-for-profit training and employment entity Nudge (formerly The Roads Foundation), and a non-executive Director for property-infrastructure project management firm NS Projects.

Ms Amelia Yam | Deputy Chairman

Commissioner from 1 June 2016. Deputy Chairman from 16 November 2018. Term expires 31 May 2019.

Amelia Yam has held executive management positions in finance in both the government and private sectors. She has also held senior management consulting roles in corporate finance, with expertise in strategic and business planning, risk management and financial management.

Amelia was previously Chief Financial Officer of Horizon Power and the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Director Finance and Program Director Transformation at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Group. She is currently consulting and provides CFO on-demand services, and is a non-executive director of 360 Health + Community.

Mr Robert Pearce

Robert Pearce
Commissioner from 16 November 2012. Term expires 15 November 2021.

Robert Pearce started his career as a school teacher and was elected as a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1977. He held a number of ministerial portfolios including environment (forestry), education and transport. Robert retired from Parliament in 1993.

In 1998 he took on the position of Executive Director of the Forest Industries Federation of Western Australia. He resigned from this position in October 2012. Robert has been active in the forestry industry, sitting on a range of committees and boards.

Mr Nick Bayes

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Nick Bayes
Commissioner from 1 October 2017. Term expires 30 September 2020.

Nick Bayes is currently the General Manager of The Brand Agency, WA’s largest and most successful communications company. During his time leading the Perth head office, the organisation has experienced record revenue and new business growth.

Nick has over 20 years’ experience, in London, Sydney and Perth, managing complex local and international brands in the financial services, telecommunications, government, insurance, IT, land and agricultural sectors. He is an industry opinion leader, writing regularly for a range of publications.

Nick’s areas of expertise include management, marketing, business and brand strategy, advertising, PR, digital communications and media. 

Dr Louise Duxbury

Commissioner from 1 October 2017. Term expires 30 September 2020.

Louise Duxbury has a PhD is Sustainability and Technology Policy and has extensive experience in directing and managing landcare, farm forestry, watercare, bushcare, sustainable farming, revegetation, environmental protection and research projects in Western Australia.

She also facilitates leadership programs particularly for women working in the environmental and community development fields. 

Louise is a Director of Gondwana Link Limited and founder of Green Skills Inc which is a not for profit environmental organisation focused on sustainability and integrating project management, training and employment programs across a wide range of WA industries.

Ms Vanessa Elliott

Vanessa Elliott
Commissioner from 1 October 2017. Term expires 30 September 2020.

Vanessa Elliott currently manages policy at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, with over 15 years’ experience working in strategic management roles in the public and private sectors.

She has a background in sustainable development, corporate HR and corporate affairs, driving and implementing strategic change across the business.

Vanessa is a non-executive Director of Desert Knowledge Australia and Whitelion.

Ms Jackie Jarvis GAICD

Commissioner from 16 November 2018. Term expires on 15 November 2021.

Jacqueline Jarvis is an agribusiness professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the finance sector, agricultural policy and workforce development. Jacqueline has worked with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, the former Department of Agriculture and Food WA, and in the Not for Profit sector. 

She is CEO of the Rural, Regional Remote Women’s Network of WA, and sits on the board of the South West Development Commission. She lives in Margaret River where she and her husband operate a commercial vineyard and winery.