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Sir Harry Studholme re-appointed Chair of Forestry Commission

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Sir Harry Studholme, Chair of the Forestry Commission

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the re-appointment of Sir Harry Studholme as Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners for a second term of three years.

Sir Harry, a woodland owner who was appointed Chair in February 2014, said,

“It is a great honour to be re-appointed to continue to help steer the Forestry Commission through challenging times.

“While the many benefits which sustainably managed woods and forests can provide are being increasingly recognised across society, they also continue to face a growing range of threats, from a changing climate to new pests and diseases.

“I’m delighted to be asked to continue help the dedicated staff of the Forestry Commission lead the sector to protect and enhance this precious resource.”

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.

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  1. Sir Harry Studholme’s new term starts on 10 February 2017. His re-appointment was made on the advice of forestry Ministers in England and Scotland.
  2. Sir Harry has owned and managed forests in South West England for more than 20 years. He was Deputy Chair of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported to Ministers in July 2012 on the future of forestry in England.
  3. His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a quoted investment trust owning forestry in five continents.
  4. Previous posts include Chair of the South West Regional Development Agency; and chair of the Finding Sanctuary project, working with environmentalists and the fishing industry on proposals for marine conservation. He is an engineering graduate of Cambridge University, a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and an accredited Commercial Mediator (CEDAR).
  5. The Forestry Commission works to improve the lives of people in England and Scotland through the many benefits which sustainably managed woods and forest can provide. It does this by managing the public forests in its care for the full range of environmental, social and economic benefits; supporting other woodland owners with advice, regulation, grants and felling licences; and, through its Forest Research agency, with scientific research and technical development. and
  6. The Board of Forestry Commissioners oversees the work of the Forestry Commission on behalf of Ministers in the UK and Scottish Governments.

Media contact:  Ben Scotchbrook, 020 8026 2797.