ICF Representative Needed for UK Woodland Assurance Standard Steering Group

An opportunity has arisen for a volunteer to represent the Institute on the UKWAS steering group. The Steering Group works on the basis of consensus so that the interests of all stakeholders carry equal weight. It is responsible for protecting the UKWAS name, maintaining and interpreting the standard and ensuring its periodic revision. To fulfil this role we are looking for a strategic thinker, who is able to see the big picture with a strong social forestry background and, ideally, who has knowledge of UKWAS and certification.

The group usually meets twice a year, alternating between London and Edinburgh; this may increase to up to four times when new standards are being drafted and revised.

All Institute representatives serve an initial three year term. In addition to attending the meetings, we ask that Institute representatives provide reports to ICF Council and occasional updates for Chartered Forester magazine. A fuller briefing document is available on request should you be interested in the role. The role is not remunerated but all out of pocket expenses will be covered by the Institute.

Benefits from being an ICF representative are:

  • The opportunity to actively develop skills, both personal and professional
  • The chance to speak with impartiality and authority
  • The prospect to make a difference by influencing policy
  • The opportunity to build and enjoy a strong and active network of peers
  • Actively shaping the future of your profession.

If you are interested in representing the Institute, then please provide a short statement covering how your skills and experience could best be used in this role. This should be no more than 300-400 words and be sent to the ICF Technical Officer, Rob Hawkins (rob.hawkins@charteredforesters.org) no later than 5pm on 28th July 2017.

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