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Forestry Commission England has announced its new Director England who will take charge on 11 March.
Ian Gambles, previously Director of National Infrastructure at the Planning Inspectorate, has experience from both the public and private sectors, including HM Treasury and as a management consultant. Ian's 12 years in consultancy were focused principally on developing and implementing strategy within the public sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Sir Harry Studholme, Forestry Commission Chair said:
“I am delighted Ian is joining us at this exciting time. Ian’s wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, along with his excellent knowledge of Government, his energy and his enthusiasm will be a huge asset to the Forestry Commission over the coming years.”
“I am very pleased to come on board at such a pivotal time in the Forestry Commission’s history. I look forward to helping the organisation seize every opportunity to grow a stronger woodland culture, play a vital role in the growth of the green economy and enable people to enjoy their forests to the full.”
Notes to Editor
- The Forestry Commission works to protect, improve and expand England's woodlands to increase their value to society, the environment and the economy. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/fchomepages.nsf/hp/England
- Ian has worked for HM Treasury, for major professional services firms KPMG and Deloitte, and as a director of small businesses providing specialist consultancy services to government.
He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford in 1983 with a BA in Ancient and Modern History, and subsequently studied in the United States, where he was awarded an MSc in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 1988 and a PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 1991.
Ian's 12 years in consultancy were focused principally on developing and implementing strategy within the public sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has published a book on the preparation of business cases - Making the Business Case: Proposals That Succeed for Projects That Work.
- Forestry Commission Director General, Tim Rollinson, retires at the end of January 2013 and he has performed many of the duties of Director England. The Director General post is not being replaced. Operationally Forestry Commission England is currently led by Chief Executive Simon Hodgson who will take up the role of Chief Executive Forest Enterprise, responsible for the Public Forest Estate in England.
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