Forestry Commission England Seeks Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee Members

Forestry Commission England are in search of new members who can help shape the way the Commission leads the protection, improvement and expansion of woodlands in each region of England and delivers  benefits with their partners.

The current term of office for members of the Forestry Commission’s nine Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) expires on 30 November this year and from which point the working title of the RACs is changing to Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees. This will better reflect the primary role of the Committees in advising the Commission on the implementation of Government’s forestry and woodlands policy, although the statutory duties also remain a key part of their remit.

Organisations are invited to nominate a person or persons for membership of any of the Committees for a three-year term of office commencing 1 December 2013.

The Committees consist of an independent Chair and members representing a range of interests. In considering the membership of each committee, the Commission will aim to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of interests relative to the business needs of each region.

Nominees are sought to represent each of the three chambers of interest: Forestry industry and land ownership; social, access and environment expertise; and local community, economy and government interests.

Nominees should be either resident or representative of the region and area of interest they have been nominated for and members are appointed in their personal capacity, whether or not they are nominated by organisations.

Each Committee will meet approximately three times a year, with additional infrequent joint meetings of committees within the respective Forest Services Area where two operate. Committee members should expect to spend up to 5 days per annum on FWAC work so if approaching nominees, they should be aware of the level of commitment necessary. Members are unpaid, but travelling expenses are reimbursed.

The nomination process requires the completion of an expression of interest form by either the nominating organisation or the applicant themselves and should be returned with the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae by the deadline of 9 October 2013.

More information about the role can be found on the Forestry Commission website.

APPOINTMENT OF FORESTRY AND WOODLANDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The current term of office for members of the Forestry Commission’s nine Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) expires on 30 November this year. From 1 December 2013, the working title of the RACs is changing to Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees to better reflect the primary role of the Committees in advising the Commission on the implementation of Government’s forestry and woodlands policy, although the statutory duties also remain a key part of their remit.
This means that we are in search of new members who can help shape the way the Forestry Commission leads the protection, improvement and expansion of woodlands in each region of England and delivers these benefits with our partners. I would like to invite your organisation to nominate a person or persons for membership of any of the Committees for a three-year term of office commencing 1 December 2013.
The Committees consist of an independent Chair and members representing a range of interests. In considering the membership of each committee, we aim to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of interests relative to the business needs of the region.
We are looking for nominees to represent each of the three chambers of interest: Forestry industry and land ownership; social, access and environment expertise; and local community, economy and government interests. The anticipated requirements for each committee can be found at Annex 1.
Please note that nominees should be either resident or representative of the region and area of interest they have been nominated for. Furthermore, it should be noted that members are appointed in their personal capacity, whether or not they are nominated by organisations.
Each Committee normally meets three times a year, including infrequent joint meetings of committees within the respective Forest Services Area where two operate. There are occasional ad hoc meetings of committees, depending on local demands. Members should therefore be able to spend up to 5 days per annum on FWAC work. In approaching nominees, we would be grateful if you would explain the level of commitment necessary and seek reassurance that they will be able to attend most meetings. Members are unpaid, but travelling expenses are reimbursed at standard Government rates.
The nomination process requires the completion of the enclosed expression of interest form by either the nominating organisation or the applicant themselves. This should be returned with the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae by 9 October at the latest. If the expression of interest is returned by the nominating organisation they should confirm that the candidate has agreed to be nominated. If the form is returned by the candidate, then they should provide confirmation that their application is supported by a nominating organisation if applicable. Applications will be accepted by post or e-mail.
More information about the role can be found on the Forestry Commission website www.forestry.gov.uk/england-rac.
Given the scale of the exercise and the nature of the appointments, the selection process will be based on a paper examination of an applicant’s credentials and expertise without interview. The appointments also need to be approved by the Forestry Commission England National Committee at their November meeting and successful candidates informed shortly after this.
The Forestry Commission is committed to providing equal opportunities for all sectors of the community, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, religion, sexuality, transgender and working patterns and is committed to the principles of public appointments being based on merit, openness and transparency of process.

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