"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."
Forest Enterprise England mission statement
Forest Enterprise England (FEE) is an independent organisation, managed by the FEE Strategy Board. This is the leadership team that sets the strategic direction of the organisation.
The remit of the Strategy Board includes forward planning, making decisions about how the public forest estate is managed and run, monitoring performance and managing risk.
They ensure the organisation works to its mission statement, and that the public forest estate
- offers opportunities for people to enjoy their woodlands;
- protects and enhances its natural ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife, and
- delivers economic growth by supporting local businesses and rural employment.
The Board is made up of nine senior staff and two non-executive Board members who bring their experience and expertise to the organisation.
Simon Hodgson - Chief Executive
Simon 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Mike 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 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 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.