Treasurer, Board of Directors
Chair, Advisory and Complaint Board
Gerrit Marais holds a B Sc. degree in Forestry and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. He has extensive experience in all aspects of forest management from working as forest manager, through the planning offices, GIS and as an Environmental Manager with a large forestry company. Here he developed an Environmental Management System (based on ISO14001), covering all aspects of the environment and including health and safety. This lead to coordinating the FSC certification of the company and one of the first FSC certificates issued (1995).
Since 2002 and in his current position he has been responsible for the management of the SGS global forestry certification programme, the largest programme of its nature in the world. He has extensive experience and knowledge of forest management and certification across the globe. He also developed, maintained and managed SGS certification schemes for conservation management and the UEBT scheme for ethical bio-trade.