INFTA is a not-for-profit association incorporated with Consumer Affairs Victoria. As such, it is governed by rules laid out in the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 . INFTA is managed by an executive team elected by the members of the association. INFTA’s executive team comprises:
The executive team is led by Susan V. Joachim, President and Founding Member. Susan is Australia’s first Forest Therapy Guide accredited with the Japanese International Society of Forest Medicine (INFOM) and INFTA. She is an Associate of the International Association of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (London/UK) and holds a respective Masters degree. Susan is a Director at Causal Impact Pty Ltd and the CEO of In My Nature, a Melbourne-based company engaged in Forest Therapy. Susan is also a Director of the Institute of Forest Therapy which conducts training and research on behalf of INFTA.
Richard Cranston has been elected INFTA’s Vice President. He is an experienced and vocal environmentalist, outdoor and hiking expert who holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Journalism from Deakin University.
Chetan Kumar is INFTA’s Treasurer and responsible for all financial matters. He is an experienced nature photographer, avid hiker and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Australian Maritime College who holds several Bachelor and Master degrees.
Jeff Cranston is INFTA’s Legal Advisor. Jeff has over 26 years experience as a lawyer in various positions with the Australian Government Solicitor. He is committed to environmental and Public health issues and holds a degree in Law. He specialises in advising and acting for government and private clients in areas of Public law.
Dr. Dieter Kotte
Dieter Kotte is INFTA’s Secretary and International Strategic Advisor. He is responsible for international research collaborations, development and supervision of training standards, certification and quality control issues. He holds several degrees, among which is a PhD in Empirical Research Methods from the University of Hamburg, Germany.