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We look after the nation's forests

How do we run Forestry England?

The Board:

The Board is appointed by the Forestry Commissioners. The Commissioners have delegated their functions to the Board under the Forestry Act 1967 and other legislation in respect of management of the nation’s forests.

The Board sets the strategy for Forestry England, provides leadership through setting the standards for how Forestry England does its work and the culture it promotes, and supports the Forestry England executives through constructive challenge and guidance. 

The Executive Team:

The Executive Team support the Chief Executive to successfully manage the implementation of the strategy set by the Board and the effective management of Forestry England operations and performance.

The Forest Management Directors:

Our work in the nation’s forests is locally led. Six Forest Management Directors are responsible for the implementation of Forestry England’s strategic objectives at a local level. Our Director of Westonbirt Arboretum leads our work caring for one of the world's finest tree collections at the National Arboretum.  

Meet the Forestry England Board

Sir William Worsley stood by wooden gate
Forestry Commission Chair
Photo of Mike Seddon chief executive from August 2019
Chief Executive and Chair of the Executive Team
Ian Gambles
Forestry Commission Chief Executive
Tristram Hilborn
Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Team
David Hodson
Director of Finance and member of the Executive Team

Meet the Executive Team

PK Khaira-Creswell
Director of Forestry Commission Centenary Programme and Head of Corporate Affairs
Josephine Lavelle
Director of Engagement and Marketing
Mari Sibley
Director of Estates
James Simpson
Director of Operations - Forestry and Land Management
Hayley Skipper
Director of Operations – Commercial Visitor Development

Meet the Forest Management Directors

head shot of Alan Eves
Yorkshire District Forest Management Director
head shot of Paddy Harrop
Central District Forest Management Director
Headshot of Kevin May
North District Forest Management Director
head shot of Bruce Rothnie
South District Forest Management Director
Andrew Smith
Westonbirt Forest Management Director
head shot of Kevin Stannard
West District Forest Management Director and Deputy Surveyor for the Forest of Dean
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Contact us

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