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About Us - Who we are, what we do

"We will make sure that every year the land and forests we care for become even more special places for wildlife to live, for people to enjoy and for businesses to thrive."

We are Changing

On 1 April 2019 Forest Enterprise England will change its name to Forestry England. Alongside this we are refreshing our visual brand, so the way we look will be slightly different too.

Our role will not change – we will continue our mission to connect everyone with the nation’s forests by creating and caring for our forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow. Our legal status be the same – we will continue to operate under the Forestry Act(s) and subsequent legislation. We will still be part of Forestry Commission England and the Civil Service.

We are strengthening our Board, with the addition three new Commissioners who will be chosen for their ability to lead the management of our forests on a professional, business-like basis, reflecting our customers’ needs. Selected though the open public appointments process, the range of Commissioners will reflect our diverse range of customers, and how our forests are used.

Over the next few years you will notice gradual changes to things such as the signs in our forests and the branding on our vehicles. For example, you will see more of our name ‘Forestry England’ instead of ‘Forestry Commission’. To keep costs down we will only replace things when they are due to be replaced, and having more consistent designs across the country will save us money too.

The way we work with all our partners and communities will not change, and we continue to value the contribution of everyone we work with - helping us to connect everyone with the nation’s forests.

Forest Enterprise England mission statement

Forest Enterprise England (FEE) manages the nation’s forest estate, providing environmental, social and economic benefits from them.

It is an independent organisation, managed by the FEE Strategy Board, which is the leadership team that sets the strategic direction of the organisation.

The Board is made up of nine senior staff and two non-executive Board members who bring their experience and expertise to bear on the organisation’s forward planning and decision making.

They work to ensure that the public forest estate is managed and run effectively, through monitoring performance and managing risk.

They ensure the organisation works to its mission statement, and that the public forest estate offers opportunities for people of all stripes to enjoy England’s public woods.

They ensure that FEE protects and enhances natural ecosystems  in its care for the benefit of wildlife, and delivers sustainable economic growth by supporting local businesses and rural employment.

The public forest estate (PFE) covers 252,076 hectares – over 18% of all woodland in England – and sees over 226 million visitors each year. On top of that, 99.9% of England’s population lives within an hour’s drive of accessible PFE, and there are close to 3,000 km of recreation routes across the estate.

We also manage 68,000 hectares of land that fall under Sites of Scientific Interest. 98.5% of these are in either ‘favourable’ or ‘recovering’ condition,  better that the national figure of 94.3%. Our Scheduled Ancient Monuments are likewise doing well: less than 6% are considered ‘at risk’.

Simon Hodgson - Chief Executive

Simon Hodgson Chief Executive EnglandSimon chairs the FEE Strategy Board, and takes overall responsibility for the management of Forest Enterprise England, including all operational matters and strategic direction of Forest Enterprise England.

Mark Pountain - Non-Executive Board Member

Mark Pountain Non-Executive Member EnglandMark brings a wealth of experience in leadership and senior management. After a first career in HM Forces, Mark has held senior roles in the public, private and third sectors around the world. Mark has extensive experience of non-executive roles, and also chairs a community land trust.

Sir Harry Studholme - Non-Executive Board Member

Sir Harry Studholme, Chair of the Forestry Commission

Sir Harry Studholme has been a GB Forestry Commissioner since 2007 until appointed Interim Chair from January 2013 to January 2014 and then Chair in March 2014. He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported on the future of English forestry in July 2012. His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a quoted investment trust owning forestry across five continents. 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.

Julia Grant - Non-Executive Board Member

Julia Grant Julia Grant has held leadership roles in global consulting firms, insurance and the social sector in a career spanning thirty years.  She has deep experience of the link between the business and non-worlds and including investing for impact.  She is currently Chief Executive of Pro Bono Economics, a charity helping other charities and social enterprises to understand and improve their impact. Prior to this she held leadership positions at Impetus the Private Equity Foundation, The National Gardens Scheme and Surrey Community Action (the rural community council for Surrey), where she built on her longstanding in interest in landscape, heritage and the environment

Jo Ridgway - Head of Human Resources

Jo Ridgway Head of HR EnglandJo is responsible for delivering the organisation’s People Strategy which sets out to ensure FEE has the appropriate staff resources in place to support the delivery of its corporate plan. She is also responsible for the implementation of exemplary HR practice throughout the business.

Paddy Harrop - Head of Marketing

Paddy Harrop Head of Marketing EnglandPaddy oversees FEE’s marketing and communications strategy. He is also responsible for delivering the public engagement programmes for the public forest estate, including the implementation of arts, learning and sports initiatives.

David Hodson - Head of Finance and Business Support

David Hodson Head of Finance and Business SupportDavid is responsible for FEE’s financial management, business planning, and procurement as well as overseeing Information Security functions on behalf of the organisation.

PK Khaira-Creswell - Head of Corporate Affairs and Governance

PK Khaira-Creswell Head of Executive Office EnglandPK manages FEE’s corporate affairs. She deals with compliance and data handling, including Freedom of Information requests, as well as writing FEE’s Corporate Plan. She works closely with FEE Chief Executive Simon Hodgson and the Forestry Commission’s Chair Sir Harry Studholme to develop positive working relationships with government ministers, Defra, MPs and Parliament, and is responsible for Information Security on behalf of the organisation.

Mike Seddon - Director of Operations

Michael Seddon Director of Operations EnglandMike oversees the work of FEE’s Operations team including forestry, land management, recreation and business investment. He is closely involved in the planning and delivery of FEE’s health and safety and technical training.

Mark Street - Head of Estates and Commercial Developments

Mark Street Head Of Estates EnglandMark is the senior Land Agent for FEE. He leads the professional property services to support the management of the Public Forest Estate, particularly non forestry land such as quarries, agricultural land and buildings. He represents Estates issues on the Strategy Board, supporting the wider commercial developments of Forest Enterprise including Forest Holidays and advising the Board on strategic land asset opportunities.

Miranda Winram - Head of Strategy and Insight

Miranda Winram - Head of Strategy and InsightMiranda is responsible for ensuring the organisation’s strategic direction is communicated to the Strategy Board, and throughout the wider organisation. She develops the tools by which FEE’s success is monitored and measured.

Hamish Hewitt - FEE Governance Officer

Hamish supports the work of the FEE Strategy Board by providing secretariat services.

Last updated: 3rd August 2018

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.