We are delighted to announce that The Forest Services Board has appointed John Lockhart as the new Non-Executive Director.  John’s appointment will strengthen the Board’s expertise in matters around commercial woodland, forestry and natural capital.  In order to apply for the prestigious role, which is appointed by the Forestry Commissioners, John had to submit a detailed resume of his experience as well as a supporting statement outlining his suitability for the role.  When informed of his success John was delighted saying:

“I am thrilled to have been appointed to the non-exec position, which will enable me to use my practical expertise to help positively contribute to and influence policy.  I feel passionately about developing the business case for trees, forestry and woodland in recognition of the huge benefits that they provide to society and the role they can play in enhancing our Natural Capital.”

Addressing issues within the England Tree Strategy around expanding and protecting woodland, enhancing biodiversity, combating climate change and maximising economic benefits will all be high on the agenda, as well as managing the implications and aftermath of Covid-19.

The Board is appointed by the Forestry Commission with the remit of advising, developing and delivering a national forestry strategy.  This includes contributing to government policy and the Forestry Commission’s strategic objectives as well as promoting and protecting forestry and woodland as a key resource.  The role also involves collaborating with local delivery teams and Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committees.

“This role is perfectly suited to my area of expertise and I look forward to contributing to the Board’s important work”, John adds.

With a career in forestry that has spanned over three decades, John’s portfolio of experience includes serving as Chariman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Rural Professional Board which involved supporting the development of guidance and understanding on natural capital, ecosystem services and green infrastructure opportunities in the sector.  John represents RICS on the Defra Ash Dieback Task Group and is a management committee member of the National Tree Safety Group.  He has also led on a range of projects, including major logistics schemes within the National Forest and the preparation of strategic green infrastructure documents in support of large-scale planning applications. Welcoming his to his new role, the Chair of the Forestry Commission Sir William Worsley said:

“John’s appointment completes the strong non-executive team required to lead, challenge and support Forest Services at this pivotel time.  His expertise will be invaluable in guiding improvements in our offering to landowners, vital for achieving important woodland creation and management ambitions”.

Congratulations John for all at Lockhart Garratt for this fantastic achievement.

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