Our Team

Steve Baldwin – Chairman

Steve BaldwinStephen is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of business experience. He commenced his career with Price Waterhouse and had a decade with the firm in three different countries. He was subsequently employed in the funds management industry for many years, initially with Hambro-Grantham and then with Colonial First State, where he was that group’s Head of Private Equity.

He has extensive Board experience across multiple industries. Other current roles include advising one of Australia’s larger superannuation funds on their global private equity program and also representing them on the Boards of a number of their investments (including two New Zealand-based forestry businesses).Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Mr Baldwin joined the Lignor Board in March 2007.

Graeme Black – Executive Director

Graeme BlackMr Black is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the London Business School. He has worked in the Agribusiness sector since 1985. He has been since then a director of Craigpine Timber Ltd NZ which exports to some 22 countries and a non-executive director of Simmonds Lumber Pty Ltd for a similar period.

He has also been an independent director and Chairman of Taltarni and Clover Hill Vineyards and a director of Goelet Wine Estates LLC for its wineries in the Napa US, France and Australia.Prior to 1985 he had experience working for marketing strategy consultancy companies in London. Mr Black has been involved as a company director in mergers and acquisitions with both publicly listed and private companies in Australasia. Mr Black became CEO in December 2007.

Peter Burton – Technical Director

Peter BurtonPeter Burton is the founding shareholder in Lignor and has been instrumental in the development of the Lignor project over the past 10 years and is the Author of the Lignor Patents. Peter is the principal of Agway Pty Ltd, a private Agri-industrial consulting services company. Educated at Stonyhurst College, England, he studied engineering at the St Gallen Polytechnic, Switzerland. Peter is fluent in three languages. Peter has had over 35 years experience in Agri-industries and has been involved in various projects in Australia, Asia, Middle East and South America.

Prior to starting his consultancy company, Agway, Peter held for 7 years the position of Export Manager and Manager Systems (Asia) for the Sprout-Bauer division of US based Combustion Engineering Inc. This position covered all projects and systems throughout Asia and had responsibility for the development of agent networks in ten Asian countries including China. For the past 18 years Mr Burton has consulted through Agway for Australian and Asian clients in the Agri- Industrial areas.

Duncan Mayes – Marketing and Technical Consultant Europe

Duncan Mayes Duncan Mayes has worked within the International forest and wood products Industry for over 25 years.A large amount of his career has been with leading Forest Industry company Stora Enso where he worked in a variety of roles from product management in the sawmilling division, managing director of Stora Enso Wood Products Australia, SVP of Strategy and Innovation and leading a strategic Group R&D program related to bio composite materials development and bio refinery from lignocellulosic materials.

More recently Duncan has worked with Australian Wood Products company Timberlink, (A NewForests company) helping them to develop an innovation pathway including the recently announced investment in Cross laminated timber production in Australia. Duncan has very recently returned to his family home in Helsinki, Finland where he is working as an independent consultant, supporting a variety of companies in the development of innovative technologies and products in the lignocellulosic materials and recycled feedstocks. Duncan has an extensive global network in research and industry and chairs the Council of Experts group of the EU/Slovenian/German funded research institute InnoRenew Centre of Excellence.

Caroline Gunawan – Chief Financial Officer

Caroline GunawanAs a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia) Caroline gained a Bachelor of Accounting from RMIT University. She has a solid background in financial and management reporting, financial analysis, tax, forecasting and budgeting.She was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Lignor Ltd in March 2020.

Prior to this, she had more than ten years of experience working as external auditor at BDO in Melbourne and Deloitte in Jakarta, as well as for a manufacturing company in Melbourne.
Being an Australian of Indonesian origin, Caroline is bilingual and maintains cultural links with her country of birth.

Kirsten Lewis

Kirsten LewisKirsten Lewis is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney studying long span timber flooring for use in non-residential multi-storey buildings. She is supervised by Professor Keith Crews whom has extensive experience researching the structural performance of timber. Their work focuses on introducing design procedures for engineered wood products into the Australian market.In 2008 Kirsten obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics and physics from the University of Sydney. At the same institute she then completed a Master of Professional Engineering (Structural).

After working for 3 years as a structural engineer at Partridge Structural she then commenced her PhD studies in 2014.As a structural engineer, she gained experience with the use of timber as structural elements in both residential and commercial buildings. Her Phd included work comparing Lignor’s Cross Laminated Strand Timber (CLST™) with conventional Cross Laminated Timber. The results were most favourable to CLST™ augmented with a embedded fastening strength over twice that of CLT.

KTC Group

KTC GroupEstablished in 1990, the KTC Group are professionals with significant experience in the Orientated Strand Board (OSB) industry. KTC Group has provided engineering services to the major Engineered Wood Industry Companies in North America and Europe. Employs over 50 engineers and designers at its head office in Vancouver Canada.