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Extension of term for Chair of Forestry Commission

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Sir Harry Studholme, Chair of the Forestry Commission

The term of office of Sir Harry Studholme as interim Chairman of the Board of Forestry Commissioners has been extended to 17 January 2014.

A new Chair will be recruited to take up the post after that date.

Further information about the Board of Forestry Commissioners is available from


Sir Harry Studholme has owned and managed forests in South West England for more than 20 years. He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported in July 2012 on the future of English forestry. His current commitments include chairing an investment trust owning forestry across five continents, including South America and Africa.
Sir Harry was Chairman of the South West Regional Development Agency from 2009 to 2012. He chaired the Finding Sanctuary project, working with environmentalists and the fishing industry on proposals for marine conservation from 2007 to 2011. He is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University, a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and accredited Commercial Mediator (CEDR).


The Board of Forestry Commissioners oversees the work of the Forestry Commission on behalf of Ministers in the UK and Scottish Governments. Commissioners also serve on the Commission’s relevant National Committees for England and Scotland, which carry out some of the functions of the Commissioners at country level. Further information is available at

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