Govt announces state directors for ASH

THE state government has announced the appointments of three state directors to the board of Heyfield ASH Holding, following the purchase of the Heyfield Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill last year. 

Heyfield ASH Holding is the holding company for Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, and is majority owned by a shareholder group made up of members of ASH management (51 per cent) and state government shareholders (49 per cent).

The state appointments include chairman Don Matthews, and Pam Mitchell and Greg L’Estrange.

The three appointments will join existing ASH chief executive Vince Hurley, outgoing Committee for Gippsland chief executive Mary Aldred and Ian Jones.

Mr Matthews is a highly regarded senior executive from the manufacturing industry and has previously been the chief operating officer at Carter Holt Harvey and managing director of the Penola Pulp group. 

He has extensive board experience, having been a previous board member of the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Low Carbon Australia and Powerplant. 

Ms Mitchell is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in the establishment, documentation, financial management and reporting of property, investment and superannuation funds. 

She has held roles as chief financial officer and company secretary in the investment and property sector, including Industry Superannuation Property Trust and Australian Farms Fund Management.

Mr L’Estrange has extensive senior management experience in the primary industries sector. 

His previous positions include chief executive of CSR Timber Productions, managing director of Capral Aluminium and chief executive for Gunns Timber. 

He has also provided consulting and strategic advice services around the forest and timber industries for private and public sector organisations across New Zealand and Australia.