The Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) thanks Stephen Ryan, outgoing CEO of Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) for his contribution to Victorian forestry following yesterday’s announcement of his retirement, Chief Executive Officer of VFPA, Deb Kerr said today.
HVP Plantations is a privately owned plantation forestry company, managing over 240,000 hectares of land across Victoria – the largest landowner outside the Government. HVP supplies logs for sawn timber, paper manufacturing, treated panel board and other timber uses to domestic and export customers.
Mr Ryan has been with HVP for 17 years, first as Chief Financial Officer and as CEO since 2017.
“Stephen has been an enthusiastic advocate for plantation forestry. Under his leadership,
HVP has secured a number of government grants that created local jobs and been central to many initiatives such as wetland restoration projects, consultations with traditional owners, and worked with leading conservation bodies and cross-border state governments to support a South Australian-based Koala breeding program.
“During Stephen’s tenure, HVP has been an industry leader in diversity and inclusion, particularly with the increase in the number of women in HVP’s workforce. We have always valued his contributions to the sector and beyond and wish him all the best for the future”, Ms Kerr concluded.