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The Board of Directors supports the work of the General Assembly and the organization as a whole. It is accountable to all members.

Board members are elected by the General Assembly, and are chosen to ensure a balance between the major stakeholders supporting PEFC, the geographical distribution of members, annual cutting categories, and gender.


peter latham 2016

Peter Latham, OBE, is Chairman of James Latham PLC, one of Britain's oldest timber companies. He is a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation, member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, and former Chairman of PEFC UK.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2018

Vice Chairs


natalie hufnagl jovy 2016

Natalie Hufnagl-Jovy is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Consortium of the German Forest Owner Associations (AGDW). She draws from 8 years of experience as Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) and is a former Board member of IFFA.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019

sheam satkuru

Sheam Satkuru-Granzella is Director of the Malaysian Timber Council with responsibility for Europe. Sheam is a specialist in international trade with strong experience in legal and policy analysis relating to the timber and forest industries, communication and public relations.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017


Board Members


Genevieve Chua has been working in the paper industry for over 20 years. An accountant by profession, she worked for KPMG before joining the industry in 1990. She is currently Managing Director of paper merchanting group Spicers Singapore and Spicers Asia and Honorary Treasurer of the Print & Media Association of Singapore.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019

Peter Crook 2017

Peter Crook is Timber Strategy Advisor for Kingfisher, Offer and Supply Chain (OSC) and was previously Head of Range for Timber and Internal Building for B&Q, part of Kingfisher PLC.  Peter has been involved in the timber industry since the mid-70s, holding senior commercial roles and working closely with sawmills in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Canada and the Far East.

Current Term of Office: 2017-2020

david ford

David Ford is a family woodland owner and professional forester. David is the CEO of L&C Carbon with previous leadership positions at National Forest Products Association, Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Metafore. David also serves on the American Forest Foundation’s (AFF) National Woodland Operating Committee.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019


Juan Carlos Jintiach works with COICA, the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin. He also serves as the elected official representing indigenous peoples of Latin America in the CBD, as well as a focal point in the indigenous people’s caucus within the UNFCCC and in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) within the World Bank.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019


Riikka Joukio has over 20 years’ experience in global business in forest and packaging industries, in technical roles as well as marketing, sustainability and public affairs positions. She is currently Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group. Riikka is an active member in several forest-related associations, and has had strong engagement with international stakeholders and networks for a number of years.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017


Brian J. Kernohan is Director of Policy & Environmental Advocacy with Hancock Natural Resource Group, directing the global stewardship program, development of policies and environmental compliance mechanisms and government relations. Mr. Kernohan previously worked at Forest Capital Partners and Boise Cascade Corporation where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification and forest policy.

Current Term of Office: 2015-2018

Joseph Lawson

Joseph Lawson has over 30 years' experience in environmental and natural resource management and was the Global Director of Sustainable Forestry, for MeadWestvaco Corporation. Joseph holds degrees in Forest Resource Management and Landscape Architecture/Regional Planning.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017

Herve Le Bouler

Hervé Le Bouler is an Expert within the Research Department of ONF (State Forest Service, France), in charge of climate change impacts and adaptation policies. He heads the Forest Policy Department within the environmental NGO France Nature Environnement (FNE). Hervé is a Member of “Conseil supérieur de la forêt” and from 1976 to 2013 was Director of the National Conservatory of Forest Biodiversity in France.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017

fermin obale

Fermín Olabe Velasco is the Director of the Forest Service in the Navarra Region of Spain, as well as a member of various Working Groups in EU Policy. Fermín also helps to support sustainable forest management and PEFC certification in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay, collaborating with different national and international institutions and companies.

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019

eduardo rojas

Eduardo Rojas Briales is Chairman of the Spanish Board of Foresters. Previously, he was Assistant Director General and Head of the Forestry Department at FAO, Director of the Catalan Forest Owner Association and head of the forest policy area of the “Centro Tecnológico forestall".

Current Term of Office: 2016-2019

Michael Rose 2017

Michael Rose is Chief of Staff for the Woodworkers Department of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). Mike also currently serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry and the BWI World Board and is a Board member of the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee.

Current Term of Office: 2017-2018

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Forests area: 300 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 18,800

(as of December 2016)
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