Michael Barbara has a lead role in originating deal opportunities and managing the investment of capital for New Forests’ funds in the Australia-New Zealand region. In this role Michael is responsible for evaluating opportunities, managing the due diligence process, transaction structuring, raising co-investment, reporting to the Investment Committee and deal negotiation, execution and implementation. He has led or contributed to the investment of New Forests’ timberland funds in Australia and New Zealand, totalling more than AUD 2 billion. Michael also holds formal roles contributing to the strategic management and governance of investments in Australia and the United States.
Since joining New Forests at its inception in 2005, Michael has worked for the company’s US and Australian businesses in roles spanning investment analysis, asset management, and development of commercialisation strategies for environmental markets assets, such as carbon and biodiversity. Michael has an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor in Environmental Management from Macquarie University. Michael is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Allison Blair supports the Australia-based forestry operations team through management of compliance and legal obligations across New Forests’ investments in Australia and New Zealand. She also manages the administrative and titling aspects of land properties managed by New Forests and is supporting the development and maintenance of operational compliance systems. Allison has over ten years’ experience in property law and has worked with a number of legal firms in Sydney, acting on a wide variety of property transactions. She has extensive experience in handling leasing and conveyance matters across all of the states in Australia and coordinated many property legal due diligences for national institutional clients. Allison has bachelor degrees in Law (Honours Class II) and Economics from the University of Sydney. Allison is admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in New South Wales.
Matthew Crapp is responsible for the operational management of assets in Australia and New Zealand, with primary responsibility for the operational activities of New Forests’ softwood estate. He has more than 20 years of forest management experience, having worked in a range of senior roles in state-owned forestry corporations in New South Wales and Victoria. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science – Forestry from the Australian National University and an Executive MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Alexander Kuprasov supports the acquisition and investment process for New Forests’ investment activities in the Australia-New Zealand region. This includes contributing to the development of the investment pipeline, managing the due diligence process, contributing to financial modelling, and supporting reporting to the Investment Committee and clients. Alex has over 12 years of professional experience, spanning both operational and investment roles. Before moving permanently to Australia, he was a principal at a Kiev-based private equity fund, managing over $650 million of investments from IFIs, institutional investors and family offices. Earlier, he held a number of roles in leading Norwegian, US, and Ukrainian property companies, where he identified, structured, and executed real estate transactions. Alex has a Bachelor of Business from International Christian University in Kiev and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Keith Lamb leads the operational management of New Forests’ timberland assets in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on developing innovative and value adding management strategies for timberland investments. He is a co-portfolio manager of the company’s Australia-New Zealand forestry funds and has overseen operations of New Forests’ assets in the region since joining the company at its foundation in 2005. Keith has over 20 years of experience in forestry with private sector and government agencies, including 10 years’ experience in operational, management, policy, and planning with government forest agencies in New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Federal government. Keith holds an Executive MBA from the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, a Master of Forestry and a Graduate Diploma of Resource and Environmental Management from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Forest Science from the University of Melbourne. Keith is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
Michael Lee provides technical forestry, quantitative, and modelling support for New Forests’ Australian and New Zealand assets, focusing on asset management functions. Michael brings more than six years of experience in forest investment and management consulting in Oceania. He is experienced in resource analysis, forestry operating models, investment analysis, and strategic asset planning. Michael has a Bachelor of Forest Science from Melbourne University, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and is currently undertaking level 2 Chartered Financial Analyst qualifications.
Jamie Lord manages agricultural investments within New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand forestry funds. This includes reverting properties to agriculture outside of the core forestry estates and maximising the value of rural real estate assets through a strategic disposition process. In his role, Jamie contributes to investment thesis and financial model development, evaluation of opportunities, structuring, and deal execution as well as ongoing portfolio management. Jamie has experience working on pre and post farm gate transactions in several countries, though primarily in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, he worked as a banker for two of Australia’s largest financial institutions, managing agricultural supply chain clients in Australia and New Zealand across a broad range of agricultural industries, including several large, unlisted, agriculture focused funds and companies. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing a Master of Applied Finance (Corporate Finance and Advisory) from Kaplan Professional.
George Mackarness is a member of the Investments team, providing investment support for New Forests’ activities in the Australia-New Zealand region. He provides investment analysis, GIS mapping capabilities, land sales support, and assists with investment compliance for our Social and Environmental Management System. George joined New Forests in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance, from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Gordon Mansfield is a member of New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand operations team. Gordon is responsible for developing new market opportunities and undertaking special projects focused on optimising land use and maximising value from investments. In particular, Gordon supports the management of New Forests’ hardwood estate across Australia. Gordon also has extensive operational experience in forest certification systems and field-based compliance. Gordon has over 16 years of operational experience in forestry management and planning roles in forestry companies ranging in size from boutique to industrial with estates in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria. and New South Wales. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environment from the University of Western Australia, and is a voting member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
Phil Mason is an experienced forester responsible for the operational management of assets in Australia, with primary responsibility for the operational oversight of New Forests’ Australian hardwood estate. He also supports timber marketing opportunities for export. Phil’s forestry career includes more than 20 years’ experience in operational forestry and consulting with diverse experience throughout Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and South Africa. Phil has a Bachelor of Science – Forestry from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Western Australia.
Amanda Naismith supports the forestry and rural land assets portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, with a focus on forest stewardship programs. Amanda has experience with natural resource management and takes a leading role on environmental programs and community outreach with property managers. This includes managing conservation and stewardship activities, overseeing forest certification in the region, coordinating valuations, and coordinating Geographic Information Systems for the Australia-New Zealand forestry funds. Amanda currently serves on the Standards Development Group for the Forest Stewardship Council Australia chapter. Amanda has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) from Charles Sturt University.
Maria Nally provides technical forestry, quantitative analysis, and modelling support for New Forests’ assets in Australia and New Zealand. Before joining New Forests, Maria gained broad operational experience in Australia with a focus on hardwood estate management having held roles as an operations forester in Tasmania and South Australia. Maria has a double degree in Forestry Science and Economics (1st Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Dr Nick O’Brien leads the company’s Investment Analytics team, which conducts financial and forestry modelling and analysis related to New Forests’ investments. Nick oversees quantitative analysis of forestry assets in acquisition and works with the operational teams once assets are acquired. This includes asset-level and portfolio-level modelling and reporting and analysis on key projects. He leads an experienced team in Sydney and in regional offices to ensure that New Forests applies a consistent and high-quality analytical approach to timber management and, where possible, added value through carbon products for regulatory and voluntary markets. Nick has a Bachelor and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne.
Mark Rogers is responsible for managing the Australia-New Zealand business and overseeing the investments in ANZFF and ANZFF2 and the development of ANZFF3. He manages a team of dedicated professionals in forestry operations, acquisitions, and financial analytics for Australia New Zealand with a key focus on clients service. He has nearly 20 years experience in real asset sales and acquisition, regulation, greenfields project development, and finance. Mark sits on a number of New Forests’ Investment Committees and operating company boards. He has also had extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director on numerous other real asset companies (such as Anglian Water, Electricity North West, and Hazelwood Power Corporation). Mark is currently an independent Director on the Board of the not-for-profit Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, and a Masters of Law from the Australian National University in Australia and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David Shelton leads timberland acquisitions and dispositions programs for New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand forestry funds and is the co-portfolio manager for the company’s funds in the region. David manages a Sydney-based team responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, including structuring and executing transactions, financial analysis, business planning, negotiation, due diligence, and tax planning. He has experience working on investment transactions and research projects in more than 15 countries, primarily in Australasia. David has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) from Charles Sturt University and a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
David Skilton is responsible for the development and management of New Forests’ forest management information systems in support of New Forests’ acquisition activities, primarily in Australia and New Zealand but with support to other regions. David has 17 years’ experience in forest management, timberland investment, wood supply analysis, and primary industry economics. David has a broad base of international experience across investment analysis of timberland acquisitions, dispositions, and valuations, including assignments across the Asia-Pacific region as well as South America and Africa. David has a Bachelor of Forest Science (1st Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Megan Struthers manages technical analysis and modelling for New Forests’ assets under management in Australia and New Zealand with a focus on fund and portfolio modelling. In this role, she supports New Forests’ investments through development and maintenance of fund models as well as providing technical forestry analysis. Megan previously worked in forestry operations for New Forests and has over 15 years of experience in timberland investment analysis, forest management, planning, and research. She has also worked previously with a global timberland manager supporting its timberland investment management business in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and Resource Conservation from the University of Washington and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.