Meet Our Team

Institute of Chartered Foresters team | ICF
Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor
Executive & Technical Director

Shireen took up her current role in 2006. She studied forestry and soil science at Bangor University before embarking on a career overseas, working with the Government of the Bahamas to set up a new forestry department in the 1980s. She returned to the UK to work with the Central Scotland Forest and continued as a practitioner in community and urban forestry throughout the UK. Non-executive board appointments have included Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Forest Research, Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Committee for Mid-Scotland (Chair), Edinburgh Green Belt Trust and she was a member of the Independent Panel on Forestry in 2012. Shireen was appointed chair of TREE AID board of trustees in 2017.


Dr Stuart Glen
Member Services Director

Stuart is responsible for the management of membership administration and accreditation procedures, including managing the process to chartership and supporting assessors and applicants. He very much enjoys meeting members and finding out what they want from their membership. Stuart has worked in the third sector for 18 years for a number of charities, including Scottish Wildlife Trust.


Louise Simpson
Development Director

Louise is responsible for promoting the professional status of Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists among employers, decision makers, the public and individual professionals. She leads on partnership working to provide training and CPD event for members and promoting educational pathway for professional qualifications. Louise provides advice and information to key decision makers and influence highlighting the importance of our profession in a growing economy. She has 20 years’ experience in evidence gathering, policy development, strategy, campaigning, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and people management.


Cheryl Symon
Finance Manager

Cheryl handles all of the Institute’s financial affairs, including member transactions. She has many years of experience, working in the accounting and finance sector in South Africa before moving to Scotland over 20 years ago. Cheryl spent 17 years heading up the Finance team at The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce before moving to the Institute.


Hester McQueen BA MSc ACIM
Marketing Manager

Hester is responsible for looking after the Institute’s marketing and communications activities. She has gained a wide-range of experience/skills in both traditional and digital marketing from working in London and various locations in the UK. Hester graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with an MSc International Management & Leadership and BA Marketing Management. She has a Professional Marketing CIM Diploma from Edinburgh College. Hester previously worked with leading global companies in the packaging sector and contributed to making the first Spirits Summit (Metropolis International Group) in Edinburgh a huge success.


Nathaniel Jackson BA (Hons)
Events Manager

Nathaniel looks after everything from our annual conference to partner and regional group events. He is experienced in all aspects of hospitality, having worked for various companies with large event spaces, both here and in Melbourne, Australia. With a degree in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts, Nathaniel now turns his creative hand to Event Management.


Dr Rob Hawkins
Technical Officer

After initially studying Zoology at the University of Bristol, Rob spent several years at an agrochemical company before returning to his studies to carry out his PhD in Microbial Ecology at the University of Reading. He joins us after almost ten years of teaching at an inner-city FE college where he taught on a range of science courses heading up the A-level biology programme.


Ben Summers-McKay BA (Hons) MA
Member Services Officer

Ben is responsible for the on-going stewardship of member services and provides support to the team to this end. Ben has a Master’s degree in 20th Century Literature from UCL and a First Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. He has worked for several years in Arts Administration in London and Edinburgh, including positions with the National Theatre, Punchdrunk and the Edinburgh Playhouse, and has also worked in Visitor Services at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.