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.
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.
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.