An Innovative New Zealand Forestry Management and Investment Business
We employ top operators – over 400 crew and contractors throughout New Zealand. Skilled dynamic workers who are key to safe efficient day-to-day operations. Highly capable management run our regions. Forestry professionals lead the way with diverse industry knowledge and experience. We nurture emerging foresters with our (Scholarship programme). Media Release
Our independent board of directors are respected industry leaders. Innovative thinkers, they have paved the way, for the successful expansion of IFS Growth. Forestry is our business. But business is at our core.
Strong local focus, worldwide market knowledge, and extensive connections. Maximise your returns with New Zealand’s best little forestry company. Unleash our capabilities today:
investment, forest management, harvesting, health & safety, environmental management, forest valuations, mapping and more…
RMFNZIF (Immediate past President NZIF)
B.ForSc / BA (History and Economics)
James’ encyclopedic forestry industry knowledge and experience was honed in forests throughout Australasia over the past two decades. He’s highly strategic, with proven strengths in management, business development, on top of a great passion for the forestry industry. Contact CEO James for new business opportunities, and all aspects of high-level forest management and investment advice.
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Meet IFS founder Dan – leading light and 3rd generation forester. Dan had the vision to create an independent full service forestry business in the 1980s. He brings 30+ years of grass-roots industry skill and experience, and a killer strategic, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to business. As Director of Strategy, Dan’s input is invaluable for big picture planning across all forest projects.
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Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ.
Finance guru Jenny has a rock solid background in financial accounting and audit across different sectors. She handles the financial management, reporting and external audit business for IFS Growth. Our highly competent finance professional brings systematic financial rigour to the business. Jenny is the master of well informed financial decision-making and client reporting.
Shaun brings 35 years of forestry experience in operational and senior leadership roles. His special areas of expertise are harvest planning, roading, domestic market conversion and general woodflow management. He is a dedicated professional with a wide range of forestry experience to back him up. Contact Shaun for consulting, harvest management, harvesting and marketing advice.
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John has vast knowledge of the forest industry; gained from over 35 years practical, supervisory and management experience working in both forest and harvesting operations throughout NZ. Today John heads our Nelson/Marlborough and Northland regions, utilizing his excellent management skills and high professional standards to add value to forestry ventures, for investors and landowners alike. Contact him for consulting, forest management, harvesting and marketing advice.
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Pete brings to the forest industry 18 years of previous management experience within both the manufacturing and logistics industries. He has vast experience in the development and implementation of operational and management teams to achieve set goals while also placing huge emphasis on managing key client/stakeholder relationships and expectations. Contact him for consulting, forest management harvesting and marketing advice.
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BMS (Hons 1st class)
Strategy, Maori Forestry, Business Development, Supply chain, relationships. David is using his strategic skills by developing and working towards shaping our NZ Forestry future. David is 5th generation in forestry 2 sawmilling, 3 harvesting. Contact him for consulting, forest management harvesting and marketing advice.
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Regional Manager; Southland
Fresh from completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Forestry) degree at Lincoln University; Anton spent the first three years of his forestry career with IFS, starting in 2003 when the company consisted of a four person team based in Winton, Southland.
Anton spent the next five years based in Australia working as a Forestry: Consultant, Manager and Analyst throughout the Australasian forest industry; before moving to Scotland where he has spent the last seven years running an office for UKs largest private forest management company.
Anton has recently returned to New Zealand to pick up from where it all began, at IFS. Anton’s primary experience lies in forestry: investment, valuations, establishment and silviculture.
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Kelvin brings a special management structure to the CNI region. His skills and previous Management roles have put him in the greatest stead for building great forests and harvesting for a great return. Contact him for consulting, forest management harvesting and marketing advice.
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Tim holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science with Honours from the University of Canterbury and has over 14 years’ experience in the forest industry. Tim has a wide range of experience, his work has included forest due diligence, valuations, resource assessments, feasibility studies, wood-flow planning, inventory, plantation development work and forest management. Tim has experience in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia and South America.
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IFS Growth proudly supports the future of the forestry industry with our scholarship initiative. It’s open to all students of forestry related disciplines. Successful recipients gain a powerful kick-start into the world of forestry with cash towards course tuition fees, work experience opportunities and entry into the company’s graduate career programme.
What a great bunch, we salute them. They may have a bit of study to go. But we’re already excited, thinking about what this crew will bring to our team in future.
4th year University of Canterbury Honours student, Rhys is an outdoor junkie and a people person, with a drive to succeed. The hard working academic has gone the extra mile with an honours paper. He’s a team player, and comes from a background in agriculture. Rhys is chomping at the bit, to get stuck in his forestry career, and is especially keen to explore carbon forestry, technological R&D, and to help the industry improve its image.
Studying forestry was a natural choice for Grace, now in her 2nd year at University of Canterbury. All-rounder Grace loves the outdoors and NZ bush. She keeps fit and healthy. Loves tramping, skiing, swimming, as well as the arts, singing and dance. Deeply passionate about ecology, conservation and sustainability, Grace is motivated to learn as much as possible at university. Equipping herself to meet the challenges ahead for the Forestry industry, especially through innovation and environmental responsibility.
Dan’s taken his natural affinity with wood to the next level. The 3rd year University of Canterbury student previously owned a successful building company. A pragmatist who understands the value of people, Dan’s ready to take on the future challenges of forestry. Eager to build on his experience, passion for wood, and commercial skills, Dan has management in his sights. In the meantime he can’t wait to jump in and gather up as much experience as possible in his new chosen industry.
Max is a second year student studying forestry science at the University of Canterbury. He loves the outdoors, sports and working in the forestry industry. He has been working in forest related jobs in his breaks for about 5 years and has a huge passion for the industry. Max is a person that thrives off interactions with other people, whether it be on the ground working, talking forest owned or managers or managing workers, he loves it all. Max is looking forward to finishing uni and expanding his knowledge and experience in the workforce. He’s passionate about expanding New Zealand forest’s green image and finding more clean and efficient ways or growing and harvesting production forests. Congratulations Max on winning the 2019 graduate scholarship award.