Ian Sherwin is our honorary Team Member, having founded the original Sea Forest back in 1968. In his 92 years, Mr. Sherwin has culminated an incredible history and continues to consult for the Company, offering an insight to the business that is irreplicable. His professional interests in kelp, mining & forestry cemented his position as one of Victoria’s captains of industry and his exploits spanned various continents. His story began at Dunsmuir Castle where he was raised alongside Lady Dunsmuir’s grandchildren while his parents worked for the estate. It is here that he was exposed to hand logging techniques on the family’s 1000ha of woodland. After the widow’s passing, Ian and his parents moved into the heritage property at 23 Paddon St., which Ian would also occupy into his adult years. Fast forward 30 years and Ian is milling wood residue and Norwegian kelp from his warehouse in the sawmill district of Victoria’s Rock Bay. His kelp products were manufactured for export to golf courses, gardens & resorts in the United States, EU, UK & prospectively to the Persian Gulf. Maui’s Wailea Golf Course is famously ‘built on Sea Forest’. Ian’s ties to Victoria’s prominent characters, post-WWII, also opened the door to a meeting with the Sheikh of Ras Al Khaimah, where Sea Forest took centre stage. Ian’s contributions to the foundation of Sea Forest are everlasting.