Stuart Orme – General Manager

Stuart heads the Woodnet team who have developed into a solution orientated group focused on adding value across the forestry value chain for their clients.  He is a Registered Forestry Consultant (MNZIF) with extensive experience in the forestry field.  He is also one of NZ’s foremost experts on marginal land options and the ETS.

In 2010 Stuart joined the Leadership New Zealand programme with other participants selected from across the social and industry axies of New Zealand.  This year long experience helped to cement an understanding and importance of a “big picture” approach to client needs.

Stuart has also successfully completed studies to become a licenced salesperson under the Real Estate Agents Authority 2008 for forestry sales and purchases.

Stuart established Wildside Walks (DOC concessionaire) providing people with unique guided outdoor experiences.

Chris Ladd – Field Operations Manager

2Chris has a Bachelor of Applied Science with both Forestry and Agriculture majors and has extensive involvement in the primary sector over the last 20 years, both at the coalface but also as a rural professional.

This has largely been in the dairy sector in the Waikato,Taranaki and Wairarapa regions.

He also spent 3 years working for GWRC as a Land Management Advisor in the Wairarapa region. This role gave Chris the chance to develop farm plans with land owners. These focused on the sustainable farm management of Class 6 -8 land. He also provided advice on tree planting options and silviculture operations of farm forestry blocks.

Chris is married to Niki and they have 3 children. Time away from work has a huge family focus.

Chris looks forward to working with Woodnet’s clients to successfully meet their requirements.

Wendy Bunny – ETS / Forest Transactions Specialist

Wendy has a background in administration and legal work and joined the Woodnet team in May 2011.  Since joining she has been heavily involved with the Emissions Trading Scheme and specialises in managing NZETR and MPI account transactions for clients (and helping them understand the processes), including  ETS related land transfers, Emissions Returns, and carbon obligations.  Wendy also facilitates carbon sales and forest/carbon insurance, and assists Stuart with the administration of forest sales.  She is focussed on achieving the best result for the client and is always happy to assist.

Outside of work Wendy enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is kept busy following the pursuits of her two teenage sons.

Margaret Willis – Carbon and Land Use Specialist

Margaret joined in March 2011 and has a background in client management and administration. She enjoys going the extra mile whether working with clients directly, or in the field.  Originally working mainly in ETS administration, Margaret now also covers alternate land use assessments, assistance with Valuations and is Woodnet’s main GIS operator, providing mapping services for several parts of the business. With over five years’ experience now under her belt, she is very versatile, able to address complex ETS related queries as well as be a team leader in the field when plotting for tree quality.

In her spare time, she enjoys either a good view from the saddle of her horses, getting creative crafting or second hand shopping.

Rick Williamson – Forest Operations Supervisor

Rick Williamson joined us at the beginning of 2018 and will be involved with day to day forestry operations and forestry management division.

Rick studied Applied Science at Otago University, majoring in Environmental Management and Ecology. Previous to working at Woodnet, Rick was involved in day to day supervision of silviculture crews in both the North and South Island.

Rick enjoys surfing and hunting in his spare time.

Terence Groves – Inventory Supervisor

Terence joined the Woodnet Team In 2017 with a:

Masters in Electrical Trade Theory  and Engineering  Science.

He spent 9 years in Armed Forces overseas were he specialized as a Tracker and Armed Escorts/Close Circuit Protection. He has also worked as Acting Senior Corrections Officer in NZ  for 5 years as a High Medium, Reintegration and Suicide Awareness specialist.

With 6 years experience in Forestry Harvest Operations in Wairarapa region with multiple roles that ran from Commercial Tree felling, Breaking Out, Log maker and the occasional Machine Operator.

Loves the adventure life at Woodnet with not one day the same as the other and great opportunities for growing.

In his past time he likes nothing more than spending time with his beautiful wife Lee-Anne and two boys Stanley and Joshua. Must be said that Hunting and the outdoors are following very close behind.

Anthony Ellis – Forestry Field Technician

Anthony havs been working in  forestry for 10 years, doing a variety of work including silviculture to logging to plotting.  He has worked for JNL on the skid sites.  Anthony likes working in the Woodnet team, getting the job done.  He has always enjoyed working in the outdoors and especially forests in the Wairarapa.

George Sims – Forest Operations Support

George recently finished studying Geography at Canterbury University. He will be helping out around the office with Mandatory Emission Returns, GIS mapping, being out and about in the field and being the friendly voice behind the phone.

George grew up in the Wairarapa and enjoys surfing and the outdoors.


David Maxwell – GIS Specialist

David has joined the team as our GIS specialist. Dave enjoys golf in his spare time and also the outdoors especially fishing and diving. David uses his drone for capturing aerial imagery for use in forest surveillance and mapping.

Sacha Butler – Team Administrator

Sacha joined Woodnet in May 2018 and has a background in administration roles, working for government for the last 10 years.

Sacha will be the warm friendly person who answers the phone and will also be responsible for general administration duties and supporting the team. When she isn’t working she likes to hang out with her dogs and attempt DIY around the house.

Murray Taylor

Murray came to Woodnet with a background in banking and professional sports management topped off with taking Croquet NZ from a struggling minor sport to winning both major teams championships and at the same time overseeing development of a thriving domestic scene.

Murray is now responsible for ensuring a happy and productive office along with managing the financial systems.

In his spare time, Murray is developing both a vineyard and craft brewery