Hugh Williams, BA, MSc, PhD, FICFor

Head of Centre for Research Services (CRS)

Hugh Williams


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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Hugh joined Forest Research in 2007. He previously worked at the National Forest Company, in private forestry consultancies and for local authorities. He gained his Ph.D. from Reading University in 1996. His research involved extensive fieldwork in Thetford Forest and used high resolution Thematic Mapper and Airbourne Thematic Mapper data. Associated work during this time included leading on a World Bank funded project to investigate the availability of woodfuel for N’Djamena, Chad. Hugh also holds a M.Sc in Environmental Forestry (Bangor University), a B.A. (Hons) Geography (Exeter University) and a Diploma in Management (Derby Business School).

Current role

Hugh leads the Centre for Research Services (CRS). This centre comprises of Communications, Business Development, Facilities, Technical Services and Technical Development teams, with a total of 55 staff working at Forest Research offices and field stations throughout Britain. The centre for Research Services provides the essential services and support for Forest Research and its customers.

This work includes:

  • Corporate support
  • Managing Forest Research sites
  • External communications
  • Organising knowledge exchange events and activities
  • Seeking and helping to secure external income
  • Developing research based commercial opportunities
  • Experimental design, establishment, maintenance and assessment
  • Forest inventory (such as for the National Forest Inventory)
  • Plant health assessments (for forests, tree and pest diseases)
  • A wide range of surveys
  • Technology transfer and specialist training

Hugh is also Head of Alice Holt Research Station. This role includes the management and development of the site and relationship management with other organisations, (such as Natural England and the Environment Agency) who have teams that are co-located at Alice Holt.

Affiliations and achievements

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)
  • Graduated from National School of Government’s “Leaders UK” course, 2010.