Dan Bridgman is a part of New Forests’ investments team and contributes to the acquisition and investment process in the Australia-New Zealand region. In this role Dan is responsible for investment origination, deal negotiation, transaction structuring, and execution as well as reporting to the regional Investment Committee. Dan has over 10 years’ experience in funds management and asset management for large institutions and banks in Australia and New Zealand. Dan holds a Graduate Certificate in Financial Markets Analysis from Victoria University of Wellington, an LLB and BCOM from The University of Canterbury, and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Matt Crapp is responsible for the operational management of the ANZFF2 and ANZFF3 fund assets in Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 25 years of forest management experience. Prior to joining New Forests, Matt worked in a range of senior roles in state-owned forestry corporations in New South Wales and Victoria. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Australian National University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University, and an Executive MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Ray Hook undertakes forestry and financial modelling and analysis related to New Forests’ investments in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to joining New Forests, Ray held a number of operational forest management roles and has a broad experience base including contract and contractor management, supply chain planning and logistics, forestry valuation, investment analysis, long-term and tactical planning, and domestic, export and stumpage sales management. Ray has a Bachelor of Commerce (Supply Chain Management and Forestry) from Lincoln University and an MBA with Distinction from Massey University.
Alexander Kuprasov is part of investments team and leads investment transactions for New Forests in the Australia-New Zealand region. This includes work around origination, due diligence, investment approvals, negotiation of the transaction documents, development of the value creation plans, and reporting to Investment Committee and clients, as well as divestments where required. Alex has over 15 years of professional experience, spanning both operational and investment roles and has participated in more than $1 billion worth of transactions covering direct investments in timberland, agriculture, real estate, and industrials. Before moving permanently to Australia, he was a Principal at Horizon Capital, an Eastern Europe focused private equity fund, managing over $650 million of investments from international financial institutions, institutional investors, and family offices. Earlier, he held senior roles in leading Norwegian and American property companies. Alex has a Bachelor of Business degree from International Christian University in Kiev and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
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 and acquisition expertise for New Forests’ activities in the Australia-New Zealand region. He provides investment analysis, transaction management and structuring, management of the investment pipeline and acquisition due diligence coordination. George also assists with investment compliance for our Social and Environmental Management System and conducts research focusing on forestry markets in the region in support of investment strategy. 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 with primary responsibility for the management of New Forests’ Australian softwood plantation assets. Gordon has over 20 years of forest management experience, working in forestry companies ranging in size from boutique to industrial with estates in both Australia and New Zealand. Gordon has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) 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 New Forests’ first Australia New Zealand Forest Fund, which consists of approximately AUD 3 billion of assets comprising approximately 120,000 hectares of hardwood plantations, 85,000 hectares of softwood plantations, and softwood sawmilling assets. 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 in Forestry from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Crew Mayne is a member of the Investment Analytics team, providing acquisition and strategic modelling for New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand assets. His background includes work in operational forestry, logistics analytics, and valuation and acquisition modelling in both the REIT and TIMO spaces. Crew joined New Forests in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Forest Resources) and a Master of Forest Resources (Forest Business emphasis) from the University of Georgia.
Maria Nally leads New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Investment Analytics team, which conducts financial and forestry modelling and analysis related to New Forests’ investments. Maria oversees the quantitative analysis of forestry assets in acquisition and works with the operational teams once assets are acquired. 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.
Nick O’Brien leads New Forests’ global 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 as well as the collaboration with operational teams to achieve optimal management outcomes 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, Mt. Maunganui (New Zealand), San Francisco, and Singapore 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 and US (ANZUS) businesses and overseeing the investments in all product lines in those regions. Mark manages a team of dedicated professionals in forestry operations, acquisitions, and financial analytics for ANZUS with a key focus on client service and investment excellence. He has over 25 years’ experience in real asset sales and acquisition, regulation, greenfields project development, and finance. Mark is a member of several 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. 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.
Goetz provides technical forestry, quantitative, and modelling support for New Forests as part of the Investment Analytics team. Goetz takes a leading role in the development of data management and analysis in support of special projects, including for New Forests’ sustainability program and data warehousing initiatives. Goetz has been working as an analyst in the forestry industry for over eight years. His work brought him assignments in Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He has worked on a broad range of projects focusing on the development and implementation of advanced technologies in the forest industry. These projects included the implementation of forest inventory software in Asia, the development of log export data collection software in New Zealand, and the utilisation of mechanised harvesting data in Australia and New Zealand. Goetz holds a B.Sc. in Forest Science from Germany and a M.Sc. in Forest Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
David Shelton has been with New Forests since it was formed in 2005 and leads all acquisitions and dispositions for New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand funds. This includes coverage of forestry investments as well as agriculture, infrastructure, carbon projects, and related assets. David’s track record for New Forests includes assets exceeding AUD 5.3 billion in valuation. David manages a Sydney-based team of investment professionals responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, including structuring and executing transactions, financial analysis, business planning, negotiation, due diligence, and tax planning. David also represents the funds on several company boards. He has experience working on investment transactions and research projects for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in more than 15 countries, primarily in Australasia. David has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Megan Struthers leads the company’s portfolio-related analytical work globally. In this role she is responsible for managing the development and implementation of portfolio modelling for fund investments across the business including Australia, New Zealand, USA and Southeast Asia. She works closely with the New Forests teams in Singapore, San Francisco, and Sydney to support New Forests’ investments through the development and maintenance of fund models as well as contributing to fund strategies and marketing, client reporting, acquisitions modelling, and asset-level and portfolio modelling for existing funds under management. In her role Megan leverages her technical expertise and global experience, so that she and the team are able to deliver outcomes that resolve complex issues and provide high-quality analytics to our clients and their investments. Megan previously worked in forestry operations for New Forests and has 20 years of experience in timberland investment analysis, portfolio management, forest management, and research. Prior to joining New Forests in 2008 she held forestry portfolio management and client services roles in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. She has also held operations forester roles in the US with both an integrated forest products company and TIMOs. Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and Resource Conservation from the University of Washington and a Masters of Forest Science from Yale University.
Matt Wakelin supports New Forests’ forestry portfolio in New Zealand, contributing as a member of the company’s investments and operations teams in the region. He has over 20 years’ experience in forestry-related companies across both Australia and New Zealand. Matt has a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Foresters.
Ed Warren provides technical forestry, quantitative, and modelling support for New Forests’ Australian and New Zealand assets, focusing on analytics for Investments and Operations. Ed brings a decade of experience in forestry valuation and asset appraisal, with geographic coverage across New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Russia, including having previously worked for New Forests where he managed analytics for the company’s Asian investment program. He is experienced in resource analysis, mapping and inventory, forestry operating models, investment analysis, and feasibility studies. Ed has a Bachelor of Forestry Science with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury.