ICF Student Awards Showcases Rising Stars in the Sector

(Left to right) Rebecca Sinclair, Samantha Howard and Sam Thomas Hobson

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has delivered a number of distinguished student awards over the summer months, building valuable connections between the industry and the UK’s rising forestry and arboricultural talent. The 2017 ICF Student Awards were presented at graduations across the UK during June and July, by ICF representatives, recognising academic achievement in ICF-accredited higher education courses.

Winners of the influential award received a one-year ICF Associate membership subscription – a valuable platform for starting your career, offering the opportunity to develop professionally and expand your network of forestry and arboricultural peers. Associate membership is the first step to chartered status, and seen as necessary or desirable by many leading employers.

The 2017 ICF Student Award winners include:

  • James Edward Broom, BSc Forest Management, National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria)
  • Ryan Charnock, BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Myerscough College
  • Samantha Howard, BSc Forestry, Bangor University
  • Lewis Rumsey, FdSc Forestry, Plumpton College
  • Rebecca Sinclair, BSc Forestry, University of Aberdeen
  • Sam Thomas Hobson, BSc Arboriculture, Pershore College
Algoinquin Canada

James Edward Broom

James Edward Broom was unavailable to receive his award at the University of Cumbria’s graduation, as he is currently on his work placement with Algonquin Forestry Authority in Canada, for winning the prestigious Prince of Wales Leadership Award – helping nurture future forest leaders. Another important young professionals’ platform that ICF supports – this award is a UK to Canada partnership initiative between the Institute of Chartered Foresters, The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada and The Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall.

ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor congratulated the winners, highlighting the importance of supporting young professionals’ initiatives within the sector:

“The Institute is delighted to congratulate the winners of the ICF Student Award 2017.

“As the UK’s professional body for foresters and arboriculturists, ICF strongly believes in supporting new emerging talent, right from the start of their career journey.

“The Institute welcomes the 2017 ICF Student Award winners as new Associate members of the Institute. We hope the winners take advantage of the opportunities that come with belonging to a chartered institute through networking, events, job alerts, news and resources to help enhance their career. We wish them all the best for the future.”

A further ICF Student Award will be distributed at Harper Adams University in the autumn.

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Media Enquiries

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Hester McQueen
Marketing & Communications Officer
+44 (0) 131 240 1425
Hester.McQueen@charteredforesters.org

Notes to Editor

  1. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is incorporated by Royal Charter as the only professional body in the UK to award Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist statuses. Full details of how to join the Institute, and routes to professional membership are available on the ICF website: charteredforesters.org
  2. Further information about the ICF Student Award, including past winners, can be found here.
  3. A full list of ICF-accredited forestry and arboricultural courses is available on the ICF website at charteredforesters.org/study
  4. ICF member case studies demonstrate the range of roles available in the forestry and arboricultural sector. Visit charteredforesters.org/grow.
  5. For further information on The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award visit http://www.charteredforesters.org/about-us/forestry-arboriculture-awards/prince-of-wales-forest-leadership-award/
  6. The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF/IFC) is the national voice of forest practitioners in Canada. It promotes public awareness and understanding of good forest stewardship, and provides outreach and opportunities for education and professional development. Visit cif-ifc.org.
  7. The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his son and heir, Prince Edward. It funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family. Visit org.
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