ICF is governed by its Council, elected from within the Chartered Membership and headed by the President and Vice President. There are two main committees – Executive and the Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC). The remit of each is set down in the Laws of the Institute (currently the Professional Standards and Educational Standards are run jointly). In addition, the Council have appointed a Professional Complaints Panel and an Examination Board, both of which operate independently from the Council.


David Edwards FICForDavid Edwards FICFor

Since graduating from Aberdeen University in 1984, David has worked in the private sector, holding positions in Scotland, England and Wales. He is currently District Manager in Wales and Marches for Tilhill Forestry. His broad breadth experience of commercial Forestry and Landscaping includes 10 years working in utility arboriculture on the railways and powerlines. Prior to his election as Vice President then President, David served ICF as an examiner, member of Council and PESC, Finance Officer, committee member and Regional Group Chairman in Wales, as well as representing the Institute and wider sector externally.

Vice President

Alastair Sandels FICForAlastair Sandels FICFor

Alastair Sandels qualified as Professional Member of the ICF in 1992 and was appointed Fellow of the Institute in 2010. He completed the MSc in Forestry & Land Management at Oxford in 1982. With over 35 years’ experience in the industry, he is currently a Director of The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA). Formally MD of Fountains Forestry, in 2016 he formed Trioss, a business with global reach, whose focus is organisational development and capacity building in the context of Climate Change Adaptation and Decision Mapping. Its services enable and open new routes to longer term resilience and identify barriers to taking effective action. Alastair was co-opted to Council in 2016 and served as Finance Officer to the ICF.


Jonathan Baker FICForJonathan Baker FICFor CEnv M Arbor A MIfL

Jonathan is Head of Faculty at Sparsholt College and has worked in the forestry and arboricultural sector for over 30 years as a Forester, Forestry Consultant and for the last 20 years in education. He has also acted as a Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The Institute benefits from Jonathan’s experience and knowledge of forestry and arboriculture education, as he hopes to inform the continuance of professional standards for entry.


Huw Davies FICForHuw Davies FICFor BSc

Huw is Principal Advisor, Innovation, at Natural England. He has previously spent 21 years at the Forestry Commission, and following this held a role at the Countryside Agency, being involved in general management of nature conservation, landscape and geodiversity work. Huw has been active with ICF regional groups and has served one previous term on Council. He brings to the Institute a good understanding of policy development work and communications, including campaigning and media relations.


Sharon Hosegood FICForSharon Hosegood FICFor F. Arbor A BSc (Hons) Tech Cert Arbor A

Sharon is a Chartered Arboriculturist with experience in local government and contracting. In 2007, she assumed the role of Managing Director for a private environmental consultancy. She is now the Director of Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd. Her specialisms are trees in relation to construction, tree hazard management, landscape impact assessments and tree radar. Sharon is a member of the East of England Regional Group, a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and an Expert Witness. She brings to the Institute a passion for promoting careers in arboriculture and forestry, and improving the well-being of our society through improved environments.


Matthew Rivers FICForMatthew Rivers FICFor BSc (Hons) For MBA CEnv

Matthew is the Director of Group Sustainability, Chairman of the Drax US business, Drax Biomass Inc, and a member of the Executive Committee of Drax Power. He is responsible for teams covering Drax’s global biomass sustainability credentials, for Communications, Public Affairs and Regulation and Markets. Prior to joining Drax, Matthew was the Director, Energy Biomass and then Director, Overseas Wood and Biomass Sourcing at UPM Helsinki. Previous positions also include Managing Director at Forestal Oriental, Uruguay, and Managing Director of UPM Tilhill. He has represented many industry bodies including Confor and the Forestry Commission Advisory Panel, and he was Chairman of the Forestry Contractors Association.


Dave Atkinson MICForDavid Atkinson MICFor BSc (Hons)

David is in charge of Edwin Thompson’s Forestry Department, looking after client’s woodlands in the North of England and the Scottish Borders. His formative years were with Tilhill, Scottish Woodlands and Forestry Commission, before lecturing at the National School of Forestry. He is also chairman of the ICF North England Regional Group. As an ICF Councillor, he provides a voice for the private sector, stressing the commercial challenges and constraints facing the profession.


Michael Carroll MICForDr. Michael Carroll MICFor PhD BSc (Hons)

Michael lectures in forestry and ecosystem services at the University of Cambridge and is a tutor at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, providing a course on renewable energy. He is a supervisor on the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership, exploring the role of sustainable forestry projects in developing partnership and leadership. He also runs a consultancy on environmental economics, and sustainability planning. Michael is interested in promoting understanding of the lead that forestry gives in the public discourse on sustainability as well as education and training in the forestry profession.


Tracey Clarke MICForTracy Clarke MICFor Pg Dip Arb F. Arbor

Tracy has worked in the arboricultural industry for 18 years; initially working for local government managing urban trees, and providing arboricultural advice in relation to the Town and Country Planning Act. For the past 10 years she has worked as a consultant and Director for Tim Moya Associates, developing the business, working successfully to improve the understanding of the value of the arboriculturist within wider professional circles and to promote the professionalism of the industry.


Chris Piper MICForChris Piper FICFor BSc (Hons) For

Chris has over 30 years’ experience as a professional forester, and currently leads his own forestry consultancy, CJ Piper & Co, based in Moray, Scotland. The variety of work he has undertaken over recent years has drawn into sharp focus the need to maintain and demonstrate the highest possible standards of professionalism, which simultaneously offers opportunities for promoting the Institute as the authoritative voice of forestry and arboriculture in the UK.


Andrew Sheridan MICForAndrew Sheridan MICFor CEnv BSc MSc

Andrew has worked for over 20 years in the fields of commercial forestry, lowland and urban woodland management, and biomass energy, all over the UK. He now promotes and regulates forestry in Central Scotland, holding the role of Woodland Officer at Forestry Commission Scotland. He was Honorary Secretary to the ICF Midlands Region between 2008 and 2012 and was the Technical Co-ordinator for the 2010 ICF Conference “Forestry and Energy”.


Crispin Thorn MICForCrispin Thorn FICFor MBA BSc (Hons)

Crispin is the Area Director for York and North East at Forestry Commission England. He has been a professional member of the Institute for over 20 years as well as a strong supporter at the local level, having previously chaired the North England Regional Group for 5 years. He is also currently an assessor supporting the entry of new Professional Members through the PME route.


Jim Waterson MICForJim Waterson MICFor MRICS

After more than two decades working in operational sawmilling, forestry and land management roles, Jim joined Harper Adams University as Principal Lecturer, Forestry and Forest Products. In this role he teaches forestry and develops specialist postgraduate forestry courses. As an ICF Councillor, he has a particular interest in connecting young motivated people to professional career routes in forestry and arboriculture and in working to create broader and deeper appreciation of the benefits that can flow from well-managed, economically-viable forests.

Andrew Sowerby MICFor

Andrew graduated from Aberdeen University in 2001 and worked in public sector forests throughout South Wales. He led the harvesting programme to clear Phytophtora infected larch and led on national forest planning standards, writing the Forestry Commission’s operational guidance for Forest Design Plans.   Andrew currently works for Pryor & Rickett Silviculture managing woodlands for a wide range of clients, he is a member of the ICF committee in Wales and the coordinator of ‘Mbale Coed’ a group of volunteers supporting tree planting in Uganda.


Executive Committee

David Edwards FICFor, President

Alastair Sandels FICFor, Vice President

Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive & Technical Director, Secretary and Treasurer

Dr. Stuart Glen, Member Services Director

Andy Lederer, Development Director

Cheryl Symon, Finance Manager

Andrew Sowerby MICFor, Finance Officer

Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC)

Jim Waterson MICFor MRICS, Chair

Examinations Board

Steve McCartney FICFor, Chair

Professional Complaints Panel

John Warren, Chair

Educational & Scientific Trust

Chris Inglis FICFor, Chair