Who are you? I am Justin Mumford. Having originally trained as a Land Agent at Reading University I then specialised in forestry becoming a Chartered Forester in 2001. I can’t believe it is 20 years ago almost to the day that I joined John and Graham at Lockhart Garratt. I moved from the Congo, where I was working for the Aspinall Foundation to Corby over a long weekend and have never looked back! I took on the role of Managing Director in 2010 and I am the Forestry and Woodland Business Unit Manager.
What do you do? Good question! No two days are the same. However, the majority of my time is spent ensuring that the business runs as smoothly as possible so that our excellent professional staff can get on doing what they do best, delivering expert practical advice of the highest quality. I still manage to get out into the woods every now and again. Forestry is in a good place right now and is becoming an increasingly profitable and important component of the estate portfolio, and I can only see this continuing. I also enjoy working in the wider industry, and am Regional Chairman for the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and am currently working with a small group of foresters through the UK Squirrel Accord to develop better control measures.
What projects are you interested to be involved with? I am currently involved in a number of exciting timber sales where we are achieving prices I have not seen before in my career. I am also assisting clients in the purchase of woodland as part of an attractive investment opportunity. It is hugely rewarding to be able to deliver the clients objectives and open up new opportunities.
Favourite LG moment to date? Having been involved on a number of estates for over 20 years I am now really seeing silvicultural strategies implemented when I first started making a real difference. I have also enjoyed working on first thinning operations in woodland that I planted in the late 90s. But the most enjoyable moments have been working with colleagues who have become good friends, joining to celebrate their weddings, christenings and big life moments.
What are your interests and hobbies? Juliet and I have been married for 15 years now and we spend most of our time running around after our two children, Oscar (10) and Martha (7). Whenever I get the chance, I like to get out into the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside for a run with my training partner, Jesse (4-year-old Springer Spaniel) or cycle with the Brigstock Bicycle Club. An old client introduced me to open water swimming when I first moved to the area and I’ve just managed to complete the “Polar Bear” challenge by going for a dip in the Nene throughout the year. I am now addicted! This has been a good distraction from my Chartered Management Institute studies!