RDA Riverina Committee Member – Dean Hawkins. Dean Hawkins is the Fibre and Forestry Manager for Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd located at Tumut.
He grew up in the Riverina completing his education in Wagga, graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Business.
Dean has worked in numerous towns throughout the Riverina gaining extensive experience in the finance and commercial sectors. He has worked in numerous roles from banking to Finance Manager for a large manufacturing plant to his current role managing wood fibre supply. These roles have involved management of contractors, commercial and contract negotiations as well as supply chain management for large public and private companies as well as small family owned businesses.
Having spent the last six years working in the softwood timber industry, Dean is enthusiastic about expanding the industry and is involved through the Softwood Working Group in working with local councils on infrastructure and the growth of softwood plantations.
With background, experience and skills in a variety of locations across the Riverina, Dean is passionate about supporting local projects that encourage innovation and drive business growth while helping to create opportunities and employment across the Riverina.