Frank Miller

President Director - Dicot Pty Ltd

Frank is a professional forester, currently in Investment Management for a Forest and Agricultural asset manager. He has managed forestry and agriculture in the NT for over 10 years and has worked in the forest industry for over 25 years. He is passionate about opportunities for forestry in Northern Australia including commercial forestry, ecosystem services, integrated land uses and Indigenous forestry projects.

Mark Annandale

Mark’s career has focused on sustainable development as the interface between Indigenous community development, community forestry and mining operations. He has over 20 years’ experience in environmental management, community forestry, engaging with Indigenous people, cross cultural communication, cultural heritage management and acting as the lead for negotiations between Indigenous communities and mining projects. Mark has worked on sustainability initiatives and research projects to further develop certification standards, including ecosystem services certification with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mark has worked with the ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum from its first meeting in Malaysia in 2016, providing a technical support and facilitation role since then.

Hanna Lillicrap

Manager - Northern Territory Ord Valley Forestry Hub​

Hanna completed her degree in forestry at the University of Helsinki, Finland before moving to Australia. She worked for a softwood plantation company in South Australia for over 10 years holding various operational positions in plantation establishment, silviculture, roading, fire protection, harvest planning and scheduling, etc.

In 2019 she moved to Darwin to take on a position on the Tiwi Islands with Plantation Management Partners as their Resource Forester. In this varied role she was responsible for harvest planning and scheduling, environmental compliance, stakeholder engagement, and managed the port operations including chip stockpiling, screening and quality control, and ship loading. Hanna’s passion is to build an industry that will utilise the vast forestry opportunities in the North and provide livelihoods for remote

Troy Sawyer

Head Forester - Quintis

For over 20 years, Troy has worked in diverse forest ecosystems in Western Australia, delivering sustainable benefits from managed forests, woodlands and plantations to regional and global communities. His drive to work in and experience unique landscapes and forest ecosystems brought him to Quintis. He uses his operational knowledge in silviculture and harvesting to complement the experience of the Forestry Team and promote the productive growth of Quintis-managed plantations.

Hamish Little

General Manager - Midway Plantations Pty Ltd

Hamish has recently joined Midway as General Manager Plantations and Carbon. Hamish has 12 years of experience working in the private forestry and timber processing sector and most recently managed AKD’s Sawmill, Forestry and Carbon Operations throughout Australia

Hamish also spent 10 years in the mining industry for Iluka Resources managing Mineral Sands mines across Australia during both the production and rehabilitation phases of the mining sequence. 

Hamish has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from The University of Adelaide and a Diploma in Forestry Management from the University of Melbourne.

Dan Firth

Founder& Managing Director- Apical Forest Management (AFM)

The AFM team currently manages over 600ha of drip-irrigated Indian Sandalwood plantations in the Northern Territory of Australia. Dan has been involved in the Sandalwood industry since 2011 and through AFM is developing a management approach that applies regenerative agriculture/forestry principles to these complex, multi-species plantations. 

Before starting his own business, Dan was a Senior Policy and Program Officer in the Australian Government’s International Forest Policy Section. In this role Dan primarily worked on Australia’s illegal logging policy and managed a fund aimed at building capacity for sustainable forest management in the Asia-Pacific.

Dan has represented the Australian Government at bilateral and multilateral forums in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Fiji and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. Dan has a BSc (Forestry) from the Australian National University.