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Meet the Team

Hayden Cronin at CERES Fair Wood

Meet Hayden

Hayden (he/him) is our General Manager here and is an all round top human! He is the one usually answering the phones and email inquiries and manages the lot with his unflappable charm and warmth. 

He came to us from Urban Salvage in Spotswood where he learnt about many different timber species, their uses (and best practice around their uses). The one part of this job that he loved was when customers would come in with a drawing or concept of a project and they would work out together how they could make it happen. This often would mean figuring out which would be the best timber option and their construction process. Hayden is also a maker himself, making beautiful timber and steel products. He did a number of semesters at VWA (Victorian Woodworkers Assoc) learning furniture making techniques. Professionally he has a degree in Environmental Social Science from RMIT.
"I have a personal drive and interest in working with timber, and the more sustainable the better".
We asked Hayden some questions
What is your favourite timber we have in the yard and why?
Probably Macrocarpa, versatile, easy to work with, predictable and looks and smells great. 
What do you do in your spare time?
I love gardening, the occasional jog, trying to identify trees (terribly) and playing Dungeons and Dragons (yes, nerdy I know)
What has been the most memorable experience since working with Fair Wood?
Going out for a camping weekend to a beautiful property in the Highlands (Vic) to assist with the removal and sawmilling of logs that had fallen over fire tracks. An exhausting weekend but very rewarding
Why do you work for Fair Wood?
I am passionate about environmental sustainability, and enjoy working with timber. These 2 things together led me to CERES Fair Wood
What's an exciting project you are looking forward to?
I can't wait to see the timber we milled in the Highlands after drying in our little kiln and getting machined. 





Lee at CERES Fair Wood

Meet Lee

After ten years in the book trade and 15 in government communications, Lee (he/him) realised he is happier renovating houses and making things with wood. Lee joins us most recently via Timbecon and is a fount of woodworking tools knowledge. 

We asked Lee some questions

What is your favourite timber we have in the yard and why?

That's like asking which of your kids you like best. Ed and Blackwood.

What do you do in your spare time?

Cooking, bike riding, cleaning up the shed, domestic renos, long walks on the beach. The usual stuff.

Why do you work for CERES Fair Wood?

I get to learn more about local timbers.

What's an exciting project coming up for you?

Saturday trading.


Meet Kate

Kate is the person behind most of the posts. The comms person who is dedicated to getting the good word of Fair Wood out there.  Coming from a background in commercial media, Kate (she/her) made the shift to the not-for-profit space a few years back and now uses her skills for good. Kate helps organisations to shape their story and find their audience.

Prior to Fair Wood, Kate was part of the start-up phase of the Melbourne Food Hub with Sustain: The Australian Food Network and has spent a good chunk of her time supporting the transition to a local and resilient food system future. Kate’s partner is also a furniture designer and maker so she’s been around the world of timber for a while now.


What is your favourite timber we have in the yard and why?

I like when the obscure stuff comes in, like the Himalayan Cedar or Japanese Tulip… I also have a soft spot for the Elm. It feels really underrated and I get excited when makers embrace it. 

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m on the committee for Growing Farmers, we are turning backyards into market gardens in the North of Moreland. I also spend a lot of time hanging out as a family with my partner and toddler son and walking my dog on the Merri.

What has been the most memorable experience since working with Fair Wood?

Going on a trip to South Gippsland and visiting Dan from Amber Creek Sawmill and Frank and Sharon Hirst in Ranceby on Bunurong land. Seeing all the parts of the puzzle that make up the bigger story was really powerful for me.

Why do you work for Fair Wood?

Even though I come from a food system change background, I was really excited to work with Fair Wood as it's so values aligned. My partner is a woodworker so I have been around timber for a while now and I find the issues facing this industry just as important as many of the issues in my other passion areas like food. Also the more I learn about the industry and wood, the more I want to know.

What's an exciting project you are looking forward to?

I’m cooking up a few new things this year like being able to buy some of our products online! and getting out to more of our suppliers to tell their stories and thinking about partnerships, if you want to partner, drop me a line.

More team profiles coming soon.