ForestWorks Directors are elected by members and contribute their industry knowledge, expertise and time to guide the strategic direction and governance of ForestWorks.
Tony Price, Chair
Tony has 30 years’ experience in all facets of the forest industry, and has a particular interest in harvesting, processing and marketing. He has held a number of senior management positions in the hardwood plantation sector and has also operated his own consultancy business.
Tony brings a wide range of executive management and board director experience to ForestWorks and is well connected with industry leaders, which enables him to provide analysis of current industry thinking, issues and challenges.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) from the Australian National University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and attended the International Executive Programme at INSEAD in France. Tony is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Michael O’Connor, Deputy Chair
Michael O’Connor is the National Secretary of the CFMEU, and has been so since January 2011. He is also the Divisional Secretary of the Manufacturing Division and has held this position since 2005. He has been with the Union for over thirty years, commencing work as a union organiser in 1985.
Michael is Co-Chair of First Super, a $3 billion industry superannuation fund, which has 64,000 members across the timber, pulp and paper, and furniture and joinery industries, and their communities. Michael also chairs the First Super Investment Committee. He is a Director on the boards of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and Industry Super Australia (ISA).
Denise Campbell-Burns, Director
Denise is a safety professional engaged in the pulp and paper sector with over 18 years’ experience in the forestry industry. Her breadth of experience incorporates policy and system development; hazard management; and fatality investigation. Denise’s key achievements have included the development and implementation of risk control standards in the sawmilling sector; fire safety guidelines for sawmills; former Chair of the Victorian State Coroners’ “Tree Felling Safety Group” and a Gottstein Fellowship to review wood dust exposure standards in Scandinavia. Denise holds a Graduate Diploma of Hazard Management.
Since 2013, she has been the Federal President of the Pulp & Paper Workers District of the CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division, and a Director of First Super – the timber, pulp and paper, and furniture and joinery industry superannuation fund. In May 2018, Denise was appointed President of the Manufacturing Division.
Alex Millar, Director
Alex Millar is the National Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU Forestry, Furnishing, Building Products and Manufacturing Division, and is a Director of First Super.
Alex spent many years representing workers in the pulp and paper sector and, in doing so, has a high level of expertise about the needs of the industry and the necessary infrastructure for skills and training.