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Amanda Bryan appointed Forestry Commissioner

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Amanda Bryan - Forestry Commissioner

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Amanda Bryan as a Forestry Commissioner for Scotland.

Ms Bryan is a self-employed rural development consultant working across the Highlands and Islands, with a background in sustainable marine, rural and community development. She specialises in community consultation and engagement on projects and initiatives championing woodland and biodiversity management, forestry, tourism and recreation.

She has been a non-executive member of the board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for six years, and has served as Deputy Chair of SNH North Areas, working at an advisory level. She has served as the Chair of the BBC Scottish Rural Affairs and Agriculture Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Highlands and Islands Forestry Forum and BBC's Audience Council for Scotland.

She has a keen interest in forestry, both practically, being a local community forest volunteer, and academically.

Ms Bryan has been appointed for an initial term of three years from July 2012, and will also serve on the Forestry Commission's National Committee for Scotland. Welcoming her appointment, Pam Warhurst, Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners, said,

"I'm very pleased that Amanda Bryan is joining the Board of Forestry Commissioners. I am confident that her enthusiastic advocacy of the many benefits of trees, woods and forests, and her considerable experience of community engagement in particular, will prove invaluable to us in guiding the work of the Forestry Commission during a period of unprecedented public interest in Britain’s forests."

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  1. The Forestry Commission works to improve the lives of people in Britain through the many benefits provided by sustainably managed woods and forests, including sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. It does this by supporting woodland managers with grants, tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Ministers in the UK, Scottish and Welsh Assembly Governments on forestry policy. It manages more than 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of public forest land owned or leased by Ministers to provide the above benefits, and through its Forest Research agency, it conducts scientific research and technical development relevant to forestry.
  2. The Board of Forestry Commissioners oversees the work of the Forestry Commission on behalf of Ministers. The Commission's National Committees for England, Scotland and Wales carry out some of the functions of the Commissioners at country level.
  3. Scottish Natural Heritage is the Scottish Government’s advisory body on the natural heritage.

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