Cilla Ivory

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Cilla Ivory (far left) is the Health and Safety Facilitator at Kaituna Sawmill, a recently-created role, although she has worked at Kaituna in HR/Payroll (including work involving health and safety and the environment) since 2010. Up until May 2015, Nelson-based Health and Safety Manager Les Bak had managed Health and Safety for the mill and all other NML activities. Cilla’s role was established to help the company improve its health and safety performance and to prepare for the new compliance requirements that come as a result of recent Health and Safety legislation.  

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Sue Ross

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Sue Ross (third from left) is Supply Chain Manager at Kaituna Sawmill. Sue’s role is to act as an intermediary between production and sales and to ensure that the right product is available to fill orders.

Sue has worked in forestry since 1993 and has a B. Com Ag from Lincoln University. She has had a variety of roles since then including accountancy, silviculture management, forecasting and IT. She finds her current role challenging and satisfying. “Sawmill planning is complex and different constraints apply at different times of the year.”  

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Raylene Walls

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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IT Manager Raylene Walls is responsible for NML’s IT infrastructure. She plans and implements the computer, cellphone and phone systems, internet connections and data connections between NML’s sites, including Kaituna Sawmill.

It’s a lot to fit into a 30-hour week but Raylene values being able to work part-time and still have time for family life. “It’s about balancing what’s more urgent because in everyone’s eyes their issue is urgent. But it’s not a challenging place to work because if you can show that the company will benefit from spending money they will spend it.”  

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Louise O’Connell

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Louise O’Connell has worked as Strategy and Performance Manager, including the Chief Financial Officer function, at NML for 17 years. She is a member of the company’s Lead Team. Prior to taking on her current role she was a Business Planning Manager for Fletcher Challenge Forests.

People are what make the job enjoyable, according to Louise. “It’s the great down-to-earth people I work with who really care about their colleagues. Multiplicity is also a word that comes to mind - Health and Safety, the environment, community, growing and harvesting a forest, shipping, currency shifts, global dynamics, weather and fire risks. This business has it all and it’s a really dynamic environment to work in. It’s never boring!”  

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Karen Way

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Karen Way is in charge of Quality and Systems for Kaituna Sawmill and will celebrate 10 years at the mill in February 2016. Karen got into wood processing after deciding to leave her career as a chef and following her partner into the timber industry. After working in remanufacturing at Blenheim’s Flight timbers for six years she jointed the Kaituna team.

Karen is currently one of two women working out in the yard. At times in the past she’s had to put up with odd prank or joke as the only woman in the yard but not at Kaituna Sawmill. “Here I’ve had absolutely no problems. The guys have been really, really brilliant. The guys don’t treat me any differently. They do of course give me more assistance at times, because I’m not as strong. But in terms of the job roles, I do what they do.”  

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Judy Stewart

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Supply Chain Team Leader Judy Stewart was a trailblazer in 1975 when, despite being told that  “girls don’t do forestry”, she was one of the first two women to be awarded a Forest Service scholarship to study forestry at the University of Canterbury. She lived and worked in Minginui and Kaingaroa post-graduation, living in Murupara for 13 years with her young family.

She returned to her hometown of Nelson in 1993 to train logmakers. Since then she has spent three years in harvesting, two years in resources, 10 years in sales, and has worked in her current role for five years.  

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Joan Lang

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Quality and Value Coordinator Joan Lang left the comfort of an established career in interior design to become a logmaker and has never looked back.

“I started at the end of 1999 in a crew up north. Back then it was very hard, it was a like a different age.” When Joan applied for her first job the contractor (Kevin Goodman of Ribbonwood Logging) visited her and her husband to check that they both understood what Joan was getting into. Joan recalls that getting picked up by the crew van at 4:30am just wasn’t the done thing for a woman on her street. “There were no other women in the bush then.”  

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Jenny van Workum

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Jenny van Workum has 20 years of experience in human resources. Jenny joined NML in the newly-created Lead Team role of Human Resources Manager six months ago. Jenny had worked with NML as a consultant in the past and was excited about joining the team on a permanent basis.

Working for NML takes her back to her roots in a sense, having grown up on an apple orchard and qualified with a degree in Marketing and Agri Business, before studying for her Masters in Human Resources.  

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Jasmine Snowsill

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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Forest Information Officer Jasmine Snowsill loves her job and couldn’t imagine working in any other role. A self-proclaimed “map geek”, Jasmine’s role as Forest Information Officer is map-based; working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to capture and accurately map forest data.

Jasmine began working for NML as a part-time contractor for two years before accepting a permanent part-time position in 2013. Working in a part-time role has enabled her to balance her work and family life as a mother of three.  

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Heather Arnold

by dpadmin on 18th January 2016
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The opportunity to work in an industry that’s aligned with her values attracted NML Planner Heather Arnold to forestry. With a Masters in Physical Geography Heather embarked on a career in resource management in the local government sector. “That’s when I really got a strong feeling and evidence that forestry is a sustainable and appropriate land use.  Plantation forestry is a very long term, sustainable business.  

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