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Executive Board

This board is the executive body responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the Code including its application, promotion and strategic and technical development. It meets around 6 times per year.

Specific tasks onclude:

  • Annual review and update of the Code
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application, including dispute resolution
  • Design of the validation, monitoring and verification process
  • Support for the operation of the registry
  • Project certification support and governance
  • Approval of validation/verification bodies
  • Capacity building, communication and promotion of the Code
  • Periodic reports on the uptake of the Code and a triannual evaluation
  • Establish sub-committees as necessary to deal with specific issues (eg communications)


  • Dr Pat Snowdon, Forestry Commission
  • Dr Vicky West, Forestry Commission
  • Bruce Auchterlonie, Forestry Commission
  • Charlton Clark, Forestry Commission
  • Dr Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission England
  • Chris Nixon, Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Bill MacDonald, Welsh Government


Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to advise the Executive Board on the application, promotion, revision and further development of the Woodland Carbon Code.  It meets around four times per year.
In Scope it includes:

  • Development and revision of the Code and supporting tools and guidance
  • Interpretation of the Code and its application
  • Validation, monitoring and verification processes
  • Communication and promotion of the Code
  • Monitoring, research and evaluation


  • Members of the WCC Executive Board
  • Stuart Morwood, Northern Ireland Forest Service
  • Defra (tbc)
  • DECC (tbc)
  • Ewan Mackie, Forest Research
  • Sandy Greig, Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Andrew Heald, Confor
  • James Hepburne-Scott, Forest Carbon
  • Dr Nick Atkinson, Woodland Trust
  • Peter Wilson, UK Woodland Assurance Standard
  • Francisco Ascui, Edinburgh University Business School
  • Nick Blyth, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
  • Julia Griffin, B&Q


Disputes Panel

A Disputes Panel, made up of 2 Executive Board Members and 2 Advisory Board members deal with any disputes relating to interpretation of the Standard.  The Panel meets as required and advises the Executive Board.


Development of the Code

We are still developing and improving the scheme.  

Summary of main developments to date.

  • 2007-2009:  Development, including a public consultation in 2009.
  • 2010-2011:  Piloting of the Code and validation procedures
  • July 2011:   Launch of the Code
  • 2012-2013:  Piloting and launch of group scheme validation
  • July 2013:  Launch of UK Woodland Carbon Registry on Markit Registry with additional functionality to track the issuance, transfer and use of carbon units
  • Nov 2013:  Consultation on Registry Rules of Use
  • Jan 2014:   Publication of Registry Rules of Use and Listing of Pending Issuance Units for all projects.



The Woodland Carbon Code has received the following awards:

  •  March 2014:  Climate Week Awards:  Finalist in the Category ‘Best Initiative from Government or Public Services’



Last updated: 16th June 2015