Dr Paul Biggs has informed the Board of the Forest Products Commission that he will be relinquishing the position of General Manager of the FPC.
Dr Biggs has been the General Manager of the Forest Products Commission since it was created as a separate trading enterprise in November 2000.
In the early years of the FPC, Dr Biggs guided the successful establishment and operation of the new entity, and simultaneously provided productive leadership in restructuring the native forest timber industry under the previous Government’s “Old Growth Policy” in 2001.
Dr Biggs leaves the FPC with a substantial legacy. Under Dr Biggs FPC successfully established 19,000 ha of plantings through the Strategic Tree Farming Project. He was also instrumental in developing the plantation based sandalwood industry and consequently reducing reliance on native sandalwood resources.
Early in his forestry career, Dr Biggs won acclaim in conducting a comprehensive timber inventory of the jarrah forest which has been used as the basis for management of sustained yield ever since.
He also led the FPC to achieve a high level of environmental performance resulting in the FPC recently receiving accreditation to the Australian Forestry Standard.
Internally, Dr Biggs applied considerable effort to the development of staff, scientifically and managerially, within the FPC. He earned an Executive MBA from UWA in 2006 and devoted significant personal time to development programs for the executive and managers within the agency. He developed a rapport with staff and customers through open communication and recognition of performance.
Minister for Forestry Terry Redman said he would like to extend his thanks to Dr Biggs for his service and commitment to the West Australian forestry industries, particularly over the past ten years.
“Paul’s contributions to the forestry industries are acknowledged, appreciated and respected across Australia,” Mr Redman said.
“Through his role at the FPC, Paul has been dedicated to strengthening the industry and the regional communities it supports while maintaining a strong focus on good environmental management. I wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.
Chairman of the FPC Board Eva Skira said she also would like to thank Dr Biggs for his enormous contribution and personal commitment to the Forest Products Commission and success in developing the WA forestry industries.
“Dr Biggs built a solid foundation to support the state’s forestry industries. I wish him and his family well for the future,” she said.
Dr Biggs has agreed to remain as General Manager pending the appointment of an Acting GM expected in the near future.