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Expert group terms of reference

Terms of Reference

To advise and assist the Forestry Commission by:

    1.  Helping to compile information on the supply and demand of timber and forest products in Great Britain and, where appropriate, for England Scotland, Wales or the United Kingdom

    2.  Assessing the need for information on any aspect of the timber and forest product trade, or trade resources such as labour and machinery

    3.  Commenting on relevant surveys and data released by other sources

    4.  Interpreting information and structural factors affecting market development

    5.  Considering international trade statistics and the impact of the imported timber trade

    6.  Monitoring development and progress of research associated with these tasks, particularly the development of modelling tools and surveys


The Forestry Commission chairs the group and provides the secretariat.
Members are drawn from names suggested by industry organisations and Forestry Commission Directors on the basis of their expertise in particular sub-sectors relevant to the work programme. Ultimate responsibility for appointment rests with the Forestry Commission on behalf of forestry ministers. At the discretion of the Forestry Commission membership is normally for three years (renewable) but experts may also be invited on an ad hoc basis for particular work. The group may set up and oversee time bound working groups as and when required.

Conflicts of Interest

Members are required to declare relevant outside interest prior to taking up an appointment and when an additional potential conflict of interest arises in relation to particular business.

Code of Practice for Official Statistics

Members are required to comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.  In particular, access to Official Statistics in advance of publication will be provided solely for quality assurance purposes and the statistics must not be shared or discussed with others without prior approval of the Forestry Commission’s Lead Statistician.

The main elements of Quality Assurance are to:

  • ‘Sense check’ the estimates
  • Ensure assumptions and limitations inherent in the estimates are clearly stated or referenced
  • Ensure important contextual information is stated or referenced.

It is an inevitable consequence of compliance with the Code of Practice that members undertaking Quality Assurance are acting in their subject expertise role and not as representatives of their employers.


Current Membership @ August 2016

 Name Employer Role/Expertise
Peter Weston Forestry Commission Chair 
Sheila Ward Forestry Commission  FC Statistician
Penelope Donohue  Forestry Commission  Secretary/ FC Assistant Statistician 
Nick Boulton  Timber Trade Federation Classification and distribution of wood and wood products
Andrew Heald UK Confederation of Forest Industries Forest management and timber supply 
David Sulman  UK Forest Products Association Wood processing
George Webb Norbord Europe Ltd Panel Board Sector
John Paterson Egger UK Panel Board Sector
Alan Christison Tilhill Forestry Sawmilling and timber harvesting
Neil Cowan Taylormade Timber Sawmilling
David Leslie James Jones & Sons Ltd Sawmilling
Nigel Manley Balcas Timber Ltd Sawmilling/ Energy
Richard Palmer A W Jenkinson Forest Products Co-products supply and demand
Alan Corson Forestry Commission Public Forest Estate Marketing - England and Scotland
Michael Fairgrieve  DARD Forest Service N.Ireland Forestry
Hugh Jones Natural Resources Wales Wales Forestry
Andy Leitch Forestry Commission Scottish wood fibre supply chain
David Symons Euroforest Ltd Harvesting and Marketing



Last updated: 14th June 2017