Phil reaches 40-year milestone in Nelson

by dpadmin on 7th February 2015

Nelson Forests’ Business Support Manager Phil Madill turns 65 this year. That particular milestone is enough to make anyone a little philosophical but then Phil has been clocking up some pretty remarkable anniversaries of late.

Not long ago he reached his ruby wedding anniversary with his wife Sharlene and he also celebrated 40 years of continuous service with Nelson Forests and its predecessors, which go all the way back to iconic forestry, sawmilling and retail company Ellis and Burnand Ltd.

Phil began his forestry career in 1968 having secured one of 30 coveted places as a trainee forest ranger with the New Zealand Forest Service. He started out spending a year working with crews based in Kaingaroa Forest and living in Wairapakau subdivision camp.

The following year he was in Rotorua at the forestry training centre before heading to the Forest Research Institute to learn about forest mensuration. From 1971-1972 he was back in Wairapakau working as a supervisor.

“That’s where I learned how to manage people,” says Phil.

 “My role was driving people to work in the crew bus and organising their day. I was responsible for managing Health and Safety, quality and production and bringing everyone out again at the end of the day. We ran a production bonus system and the crews competed to get the highest bonus each fortnight.”

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