EWPAA Announces New CEO

Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Matthew as Chief Executive Officer, effective 8 February 2021.  

Prior to this appointment, Gavin was a Senior Policy Manager with the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) looking after the softwood manufacturing sector. Gavin steps into the CEO role previously held by Dave Gover, who leaves EWPAA in a strong position after more than five (5) years of enthusiastic leadership.

Announcing Gavin’s appointment, EWPAA Chair Mr Stuart Toakley said: “Gavin is well known around the industry for his broad knowledge, inclusive leadership style, and a passion for our renewable sector and communicating the benefits of using innovative wood products.”  

“The Board looks forward to working with Gavin to ensure EWPAA continues to deliver world-class technical and testing support to businesses producing innovative wood products, trusted product and process certification services, expert standards development, and innovative research and development outcomes.”  

Reflecting on his appointment Gavin said, “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead EWPAA and excited to continue working in the wood processing sector. It’s a great team and organisation. Wood processing is an industry that produces innovative, reliable, and renewable products that should be recognised as preferred materials in a low emissions future.”  

“My clear focus is to promote the many benefits of our renewable wood products, the assurance that comes with EWPAA’s gold standard quality certification programme and strengthen EWPAA’s trusted core businesses while delivering value and effective outcomes to industry.”  

About Gavin Matthew. Gavin has over 2 decades of diverse experience in industry policy development and advocacy, natural resource management, forest industry supply chain, wood processing and consulting. Gavin has been a passionate and effective advocate for the forest products sector, including in the areas of processing and manufacturing policy, WHS, technical skills, certification, energy, water, climate change, trade, and the environment.  



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Email: gavin.matthew@ewp.asn.au