The Timber Trade Industrial Association (TTIA) is the primary National Association in the timber products industry and assists small family run businesses through to medium and large companies with a comprehensive range of services.
Our purpose


TTIA’s services provide practical help for people starting up their own business and for those looking to expand established operations in the forest and forest products industry. TTIA is a completely independent, non-profit, federally registered employer organisation, with an emphasis on giving prudent and commercially realistic advice.

Help is available to members by phone 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year including a comprehensive back up of publications and briefing sessions. TTIA keeps Members updated on changes to Industrial Relations, Workplace Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Throughout these member briefing sessions, valuable contact can be made as opportunities are provided to meet with other like-minded members.

Members can call on assistance in Legal, Industrial, Workplace Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, Noise Management matters.

The Association has on its staff qualified Workplace Health and Safety/Workers’ Compensation experts, experienced Senior Industrial Relations personnel and a practicing Solicitor.

The Team

TTIA Staff

The core personnel of the TTIA has remained unaltered now for the past twenty-six years.

This continuity has allowed Members to develop a confidence in the advice given by staff who have become well known to our Membership over this time. It has also allowed the staff to become familiar with the major issues affecting our Membership in their specific area of expertise.

Brian Beecroft

Chief Executive Officer

Brian commenced employment with the TTIA as an Industrial Officer in 1991 after being previously employed by another major industry association. He became Director – Industrial Relations & Policy and in 2001 was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Brian has a Masters degree in Commerce/Industrial Relations and extensive experience in employment law and human resource management. Brian has become well-known to the industry as the key expert to consult when dealing with employment matters at the workplace.

Janet Gilbert


Janet Gilbert commenced employment with TTIA in October 2011. Janet came to the Association with an impressive education background with a Masters in Law (Hons), as well as further industrial relations and legal qualifications from the University of Sydney, and has worked as an employment lawyer for a number of major legal firms.

Janet uses her legal skills to assist Members with termination of employment proceedings, enterprise bargaining, SafeWork prosecutions and dispute matters involving government agencies, trade unions or other legal representatives.

Ken Hocking

Manager – WHS/Workers’ Compensation

Ken is TTIA’s Workplace, Health & Safety / Workers’ Compensation Manager. He commenced his employment with the Association in 1996 and is now recognised as the key industry specialist in Workplace Health & Safety, Workers’ Compensation, training, and risk assessment for the Timber Industry.

Ken continues to spearhead TTIA’s WHS / Workers’ Compensation Scheme by providing excellent assistance to TTIA members. This assistance involves representing TTIA Members on several important peak government committees, developing specialised training programs for the Industry, fulfilling WH&S research grant requirements, and organising best WHS / Workers Compensation / training and environmental practices for TTIA Members.

Judith Sharp

Senior Industrial Administration/Enquiry Officer

Judith has been employed by the Association since 1996 and is responsible for all aspects of administration within the organisation. Judith’s experience and understanding of our membership’s needs make her an integral part of the team. The smooth operation of the office is largely due to her efforts. Judith also assists Members with industrial award enquiries on a day-to-day basis. She is also the first point of contact for Members with account enquiries.



The Association is governed by an elected Council which consists of members representative of various aspects of the timber industry (e.g. sawmillers, merchants, manufacturers, loggers). The Council meets four times a year to endorse the general running of the TTIA regarding policy decisions, finance, training, etc.

Below is a list of the present Council for the period 2021 – 2025

Allan Stewart

Sole Trader

Mark Grundy

Secretary / Treasurer
McKinnells Pty Ltd

Ashley Price

Senior Vice President
Qorona Australis Pty Ltd

Grant Sullivan

Borg’s Manufacturing Pty Ltd

Donna Layton

Marshall Notaras Hardwoods Pty Ltd

Jennifer Doran

Vice President
Wingham Frames & Trusses Pty Ltd

Registration Form
Please complete the below form to start your journey to becoming a member of TTIA. Once this form is complete, our team will be in touch to discuss next steps.