Invercargill City Forests Limited is an Invercargill based company that owns forestry assets.

The company is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Invercargill City Holdings Limited, who in turn are owned 100 per cent by the Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill City Forests Limited currently have 3,000 hectares of land on which plantation forest are planted. These forests are predominately planted in Pinus Radiata with some Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus varieties.

Invercargill City Forests Limited have a philosophy of full silviculture and forest management practices to ensure that the forest crop is presented in the best possible condition upon harvesting.

The company has a sustainable harvest programme that ensures that the trees are harvested at optimal times to ensure a consistent return to the shareholder.

Board Members



Mel works as an accountant in an Invercargill based Chartered Accountancy firm, preparing financial statements for a wide range of small to medium clients.

Her other governance roles are as Chair of Lochiel School Board of Trustees, and Executive Member of Phoenix Synchro Southland.  She is also a part-time farmer.

Mel holds a degree in Commerce from Otago University and is a member of the Institute of Directors.



Ben is a consultant solicitor with French Burt Partners Solicitors practicing in corporate and commercial law, a role he shares with outside work in governance, consulting and sports management.

His current governance roles include Southern Health School, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Committee / Bloodstock Syndication Supervisory Panel, Southland Disability Enterprises Limited and a Director appointment through Guardian Trust as Director of a significant farming asset.

Ben is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds degrees in law and commerce from Otago University.



Rebecca Keoghan is Deputy Chair of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Director of Keoghan Farm, Director of Westland Milk Products; Chair of the Health & Safety Committee and member of the Shareholder Relations Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Medical Science, Diplomas in leadership and business management and certificate in Company Direction.

Rebecca has wealth of experience at both executive and governance levels. Her previous executive roles include General Manager Pamu Academy, Business Manager Landcorp, Operations Manager Holcim Cement and previous governance roles as Director of Buller Holdings, Westreef Services, Westport Harbour and Buller Recreation.

Rebecca owns a 300 hectare dairy farm in Westport with her husband Nathan, is managing director of performing arts business; Gravity Dance Studio, has two children aged 8 & 10 and was voted the 2016 Dairy Woman of the Year.

In 2017, Rebecca received a New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business, and in 2018 won the Westpac Woman of Influence Award in the Rural category.


Applications open for forestry fund


The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation is offering awards of up to $5000 to Invercargill
residents, thanks to a donation from Invercargill City Forests Ltd.

The Invercargill City Forests Award, administered by the NZIF Foundation, is intended to assist
Invercargill residents in studies, research, or travel in an area which benefits forestry.

Invercargill City Forests Ltd Chairman Alastair McKenzie said the scholarship was important to the
ICFL board in supporting the local forestry industry.

The NZIF Foundation can make one or more award each year, up to a combined total of $5000.
Scholarships, grants, or prizes may be awarded from the fund.

To view the application criteria, visit www.nzif.org.nz

Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZIF Conference in Nelson in July 2018.

The awards will continue to be offered for at least three years.