Case study: Alison Field FICFor

Alison Field FICFor

Alison Field FICFor

The Institute’s Marketing Manager, Hester McQueen, interviewed Alison Field FICFor for 2019 International Women’s Day to highlight women excelling in our profession. 

Alison Field FICFor, Area Director, Forestry Commission England

What do you love most about your job?

The people I work with, they are invariably genuine, supportive, interested and committed to what they do.  Also the variety of the work, one-minute considering community engagement in woods, the next how to tackle tree diseases or consider investment to improve the profitability of timber supply chains.

Why choose forestry?

It originally stemmed from a chance opportunity to study forestry at a university. One of the best decisions I ever made it has led to a fascinating career in the UK, overseas and with both the private and public sector.

How can ICF support women in forestry and arboriculture?

Its about members of the profession being treated as equals regardless of gender. Its about each person’s individual strengths being recognised and respected, it works both ways as some jobs in forestry may generally be better suited to men and other jobs allow women to shine.

What can professional organisations like the ICF do to attract a more diverse workforce?

Continue to recognise the breadth of the profession and that the needs of the profession are constantly changing to embrace and take advantage of new technologies.  There is much that the ICF could do to reach out more to students taking environmentally based subjects and graduates with an interest in the environment but with qualifications in other disciplines.


Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on International Women’s Day to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play. Follow the conversation #ILookLikeAForester