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Chris Simpson smiling and standing in front of a wooded area in the sunshine

Chris Simpson is a chartered accountant with over 30 years experience at CEO level in diverse market sectors including manufacturing paper-based products, renewable energy, branded consumer goods and recycling. He has also held advisory roles with DEFRA, the NHS and in higher-education. He is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit and Risk for Commonwealth Games England, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director for The Original Cottage Company, one of England’s largest holiday cottage lettings agencies and acts as mentor for several entrepreneurs.

A very keen hill walker, he is a regular visitor to Forest England sites, particularly those in the Lake District where he lives.

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As England’s largest land manager, we look after more trees than any other organisation. Our forests provide amazing places for people to enjoy, for sustainable timber to grow and a home for wildlife to thrive.
Volunteering group sat on a bench

We have a wide range of opportunities across England you can get stuck into, like practical conservation, maintenance of walking and mountain bike trails and vegetation management. Or how about helping out at our visitor centres, meeting and greeting visitors, helping to lead events, doing wildlife surveys or answering enquiries in the office?

Timber stacked in piles in the Forest

Forestry England’s forests are world leaders, meeting both the international standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) approved by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These audited certificates comprehensively endorse our successful and sustainable management of the nation’s own forests.

To start buying our sustainable timber, follow the link below to access timber eSales.

Family on walk at Haldon Forest Park

The estate is made up of some 250,000 hectares of woodland and other natural environments across England – roughly equivalent to 350,000 football pitches, or the area of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds combined!