Conway’s Exit: Western Forestry Co-op CEO to Step Down

"Western Forestry Co-op CEO Marina Conway to Step Down After 11 Years of Leadership"

Western Forestry Co-op CEO, Marina Conway, has made the decision to step down after 11 years at the helm, citing a desire to “hand over the reins and pursue other opportunities.” Conway expressed her pride in the accomplishments of the Western Forestry Co-op during her tenure, noting that the organization has been instrumental in advancing farm forestry and empowering farmers and local communities to take charge of their own forestry initiatives. Despite her satisfaction with the progress made, Conway believes that the time is right for a new leader to guide the co-op through its next phase of development.

Conway, a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD) with a degree in agricultural science, brings a wealth of experience to her role, having previously worked in New Zealand on the country’s emissions trading scheme. Her departure, scheduled for the end of June, marks the end of an era for the Western Forestry Co-op as it prepares for a leadership transition.

Commenting on Conway’s impending departure, chairperson Robert Hosey praised her tenure, stating, “Marina Conway has been an outstanding chief executive for Western Forestry Co-op over the past eleven years. Her unwavering commitment, passion, and drive have been instrumental in transforming the co-op from a modest business into a trailblazer in farm forestry.”

Hosey expressed gratitude for Conway’s contributions, acknowledging the significant impact she has had on the organization’s growth and success. On behalf of the board and the entire Western Forestry Co-op team, Hosey extended his thanks to Conway and wished her well in her future endeavors.

Established with the goal of supporting farmers in afforesting marginal areas of their land rather than resorting to selling to private investors, the Western Forestry Co-op has played a crucial role in promoting sustainable forestry practices and fostering community-led initiatives. Conway’s leadership has been instrumental in advancing these objectives, and her departure marks a significant moment of transition for the organization.

As Conway prepares to pass the baton to her successor, the Western Forestry Co-op faces a period of change and opportunity. The incoming CEO will inherit a legacy of innovation and progress, with a strong foundation laid for further growth and development in the field of farm forestry. The co-op’s commitment to empowering farmers and local communities remains steadfast, and the future holds promise for continued success under new leadership.

Marina Conway’s decision to step down as CEO of the Western Forestry Co-op represents a pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Her dedication and vision have been instrumental in shaping the co-op’s trajectory and establishing it as a leader in the field of farm forestry. As she prepares to embark on a new chapter in her career, Conway leaves behind a legacy of achievement and impact that will endure for years to come. The Western Forestry Co-op stands poised for continued growth and success, guided by a legacy of innovation and commitment to sustainable forestry practices.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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