Copses: forestry work

I have recently completed my term of office as Chair of TREE AID, which increases very poor communities’ resilience to drought and food shortages, in the drylands of Africa. Trees are a great resource for environmental protection, food security and income generation. I am particularly proud of the work TREE AID does to provide tree-based business opportunities for women.


Bongo River basin, Ghana

I have also recently retired as President of the Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an office which it was also, like being Chair of TREE AID, a privilege to hold. The society promotes good management of trees and woodlands and has a wise, generous and varied membership. Having stepped down as CEO of The National Forest in December 2014, I am proud to be one of its Ambassadors. I was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in 2011, reflecting the joint work done by many to take forward The National Forest.


Should really stick to the core role as CEO…

I am an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the energetic professional body for foresters.

Forestry is a small sector but the impact of woodlands and trees on the landscape and economy of the UK is significant. They contribute a sustainable resource, much biodiversity, good health and jobs. I am very privileged to spend some of my time amongst trees and their friends.