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Board of Trustees


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President: Sir James Scott is a previous chairman of the RFS Southern Division. He had an early career as a land agent in Hertfordshire and was editor for Big Farm Weekly. For thirty years he owned and managed the family's Rotherfield Park estate in East Hampshire which incorporates extensive mixed woodlands. He believes the unique appeal of the RFS comes from the contributions from a diverse group of members.  Click here to see a list of past RFS Presidents.


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Chair: Kitty Martin has extensive leadership and governance experience in listed private and charitable organisations and ran two upstream oil and gas services businesses over a period of 25 years. She is a long standing RFS member and owns and manages woodland in Cumbria and Scotland.



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Treasurer: Rodney Morgan-Giles is an arable farmer and forestry owner in Hampshire and has responsibility for a Grade 2* historic house and other listed buildings. Projects include biomass heating, planting new woodland and restoring landscape features. He has a degree in Economics and Law from Cambridge and in Business management; has worked in financial services and has been finance director and chairman of other businesses. Rodney was Treasurer and on the Board of the CLA for many years, and was the association's appointee on the National Trust Council and is now on the Regional Advisory Board. He has been chairman of Investment Committees and is a trustee of a pension fund and other charities.


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Immediate Past President: Andrew Woods has advised private woodland owners for more than 40 years. From assistant woodman on a Chilterns estate, he gained a degree in Forestry/Economics at the University College of North Wales Bangor and joined the partnership which became Abbey Forestry, retiring as Senior Partner in 2014. A career-long supporter of the RFS, he has held all the posts at Divisional level, and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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Vice President: Ben Herbert was a trustee of the RFS for nine years until 2015. He owns and manages the Llanarth Estate in Monmouthshire, and has chaired the RFS South East Wales Division and the CLA South Wales Branch.


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Craig Harrison is the London Manager for the Forestry Commission and previously oversaw the delivery of FC grants and regulations in England. Before joining the FC he worked in private forestry, arboriculture, agroforestry research and tropical forestry. He holds an Honours degree in Forestry from Edinburgh University and a Diploma in Management from Open University. As a chartered forester, he served on ICF Council and the Professional Standards Committee.


Rory Wardroper

Rory Wardroper manages his own fundraising consultancy, based in Yorkshire. He has been a member of the RFS for more than 30 years, and, with his wife, has a considerable interest in forestry and woodland management. He has a particular interest in growing the membership of the RFS, particularly amongst younger people.



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Dr Christine Cahalan has spent most of her career teaching forestry and carrying out forestry research at Bangor University, where she is now an honorary senior lecturer.  She has been a member of various forestry trusts, advisory panels and steering groups in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.




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James Hamilton Stubber is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years experience working in the UK property industry. He farms a family estate in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland a large part of which is woodlands and commercial forestry and he is also involved in various aspects of the renewable energy industry. He is an active campaigner for the expansion and proper management of woodlands in Northern Ireland not only for enviromental reasons but more importantly in order to provide a local sustainable timber supply for the future so supporting rural employment and economic activity.


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David Gwillam formed Prees Heath Forest Nurseries in 1979 to provide trees mainly for forestry, but also amenity and landscape. He had begun his career with Lancashire County Council and had also worked with Tilhill Nurseries, Midlands Nursery Group and Economic Forestry Group Maelor Nursery.  Prees Heath Forest Nurseries has a long standing relationship with Harper Adams University and Reaseheath College. David has been a  member of the RFS since 1986 and is an active member of the Confor Nursery Producers' Group.


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Amy Jackson is a self-employed PR and communications consultant based near Witney in Oxfordshire. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) with almost 20 years’ experience in PR across a wide range of disciplines, but mainly in the land-based industries, primarily food, farming, agribusiness and industrial sectors.  Amy’s experience is wide-ranging – holding senior roles in both an international top-5 PR agency and the UK’s leading agribusiness consultancy of its time, in-house as head of communications for the Milk Development Council (MDC), and running her own specialist PR business for the past eight years. She serves on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) committee for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is the Scholar Representative to the Trustees of the Trehane Trust, which sponsors Nuffield Farming Scholars from the dairy sector each year. Amy will have Board level oversight of RFS PR and communications strategy.


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Andy Shirley-Priest is senior partner at Abbey Forestry and has 30 years of experience in the forestry industry specialising in woodland management. He qualified as a Chartered Forester in 1996. After working as a manager at Abbey Forestry he became a partner in 2000, and then senior partner in 2013. He currently sits on various committees, notably: the Forestry and Woodlands London Committee and the local Worcestershire Committee for the CLA, he represents the RFS on the Applicants Focus Group and is chairman of the Herefordshire RFS Division.