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Christopher Williams: RFS Chief Executive

A warm welcome  to Christopher Williams who takes up the post of Chief Executive of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) today.

Christopher has an Environmental Conservation Diploma from University of Oxford and joins the RFS from Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) where he was Director of Land Management & People Engagement and Deputy CEO.

He says: “It’s hard to imagine there has ever been a more important or challenging time for the forestry sector and this is an exciting moment to join the RFS.

“We know that actively-managed and productive woodland makes a huge contribution to the economy of the UK and to our collective effort to combat climate change and yet the UK remains a relatively unforested country. Much rests on the forthcoming England Tree Strategy and the rollout of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), to underpin the stewardship of our woods.  We must also collectively keep up the focus on woodland resilience to meet the threats from climate change, pests and diseases.

“The RFS already plays a key role through its education work and projects such as Future Foresters, to support people on their journey into the sector.  This important work, to broaden the appeal of careers in forestry, must continue if we are to address the known skills-gap.”

He succeeds Simon Lloyd who stepped down after eight years in the role during which time he helped transform the RFS, greatly expanded its role in forestry training and education, keeping its finances sound and building a strong and harmonious team.