Our Leadership Team.

  • Shane Vicary

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Shane joined AKD as its Chief Executive in July 2011, and was appointed as a Director in 2020.

    Under Shane’s leadership, AKD has transformed from its traditional base in regional Victoria to being Australia’s largest sawmiller, with a manufacturing and distribution footprint across Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Strategic investments in technology and acquisitions have underpinned the company’s growth, over this time.

    Shane has spent over 20 years in the forest products industry, holding senior roles in sawmilling, solid wood processing, pulp and paper, and MDF manufacturing. Prior to joining AKD, Shane was employed as General Manager for a New Zealand wood products business, manufacturing and exporting its products to the world.

    Shane’s career experience is international, with strong commercial and strategic exposure to Europe, Asia, North America, and Australasia, and across operations, sales, supply chain and governance functions.

    In 2021, Shane was awarded the Colac Otway Shire Citizen of the Year for his integral role in initiating and establishing the Colac Community Leadership Group. This initiative primarily established a group of key and influential representatives across business, local government and welfare organisations, to protect and support the community and its stakeholders from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

    Shane has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University in New Zealand and a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce.

  • Glen Darroch

    CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

    Glen joined AKD Softwoods as Chief Financial Officer in November 2015.

    Prior to joining AKD, Glen had 11 years in senior finance and commercial roles in the mining industry in Australia and the USA. This included a range of senior executive roles with major mining company, Iluka Resources Ltd.

    Glen has over 20 years experience in finance roles, having started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and spending several years in the chartered accounting and banking industries.

    Glen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Deakin University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Glen represents AKD as a Director of the Highland Pine Products Joint Venture and the SPE woodchip export joint venture.

  • Clark Rodger

    GENERAL MANAGER - HUMAN RESOURCES

    Clark has been with AKD for over 10 years, having joined AKD in January 2012 in the role of Graduate HR Advisor. Since this time, Clark has expanded his knowledge, skills and experiences, being promoted to HR Manager in 2014, and appointed to the Executive Team in 2017.

    Clark holds a Bachelor of Commerce (HR & Management), is a certified member of the Australian HR institute and has undertaken further studies in Health and Safety, Frontline Management and Competitive Manufacturing Systems.

    In 2018 Clark was seconded to the role of Project Manager for a period of 12 months to lead the project execution and transition of the NSW sites into the business following their acquisition to AKD. His leadership role with this was integral to the integration process and the business synergies that have since continued to be leveraged.

    Clark holds responsibility for the HR, Workcover, Payroll and Communications functions of the business.

  • Liam Buchanan

    GENERAL MANAGER - SALES

    Liam joined AKD in 1999 completing a forestry admin traineeship before moving into sales.

    From 2002 until 2006, Liam pursued a professional sporting career in which saw him live in the UK for periods of time.

    His sporting career saw him in leadership roles at state level and captaining the Melbourne and Geelong Cricket clubs as well as various coaching roles.

    Since Liam’s return in 2006, he has been promoted from customer account management roles to Sales Management and currently General Manager Sales.

    Liam leads the business’ customer-focus strategy and AKD’s value proposition to its channel customers of “being easy to do business with”.

  • Hamish Little

    GENERAL MANAGER - OPERATIONS

    Hamish joined AKD in May 2020 and is responsible for our sawmilling operations as General Manager Operations, and also holds responsibility for leading safety across the group.

    With 12 years of experience working in the private forestry and timber processing sector, Hamish also assumed responsibility in 2022 for the log procurement and forestry activities of the business.

    He also brings 10 years of manufacturing excellence experience in the mining sector having managed various mineral sand mining and processing operations across Australia prior to joining AKD.

    Hamish has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from The University of Adelaide, and a Diploma in Forestry Management from the University of Melbourne.

  • Dave Gover

    GENERAL MANAGER - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

    Dave joined AKD at the start of 2021, initially as Business Development Manager and then General Manager R&D.

    Dave has worked in the wood products industry for 25 years in operations management, technology, and market development roles.

    Prior to joining AKD, Dave was the Chief Executive Officer of Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia, an industry advocacy body and technology extension organisation supporting wood processors in Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the Pacific.

    Dave has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of engineered wood products, sawn timber, and reconstituted wood products.

    Dave holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Forestry) and a Graduate Certificate of Business.

    Dave has served as Chair of Australia’s Building Products Industry Council, an alliance of all building product industries; a director of Timber Queensland, an advocacy organisation for the Queensland forest products industry; and as a member of various industry working groups and committees.