ICF Members’ Hour – My Life in Three Trees with James Ogilvie FICFor

Join us for our next #MembersHour where the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, will interview James Ogilvie BA, MA, MSc (Oxon), FICFor, CEnv for the third in our My Life in Three Trees series. 

We’re excited to be speaking with James, former President of the Institute, about his 40 year career in forestry, including leading Forestry Commission roles in all elements of sustainable forest management: economic, environmental and social. James headed up England’s largest lowland and upland forests (Thetford & Kielder), has led on grants and licences and social forestry policy for the (then) Forestry Commission Scotland, and spent two years in Africa working in community forestry.

James offers a practical multi-purpose woodland management perspective, having won an RSFS award for hands-on management of his own diverse woodland in Northumberland. He is passionate about sustainable land management, particularly in the uplands and is a self-confessed lover of mountain environments, having completed the 7 summits in his spare time.

Currently, James is a non-executive Director of the Woodland Trust, Borders Forest Trust and Corrour Estate and is a Business Ambassador for Tree Aid. His published works include ‘Heritage Trees of Scotland‘, ‘Adventure Holidays Worldwide‘, ‘Staring Down on Stars’ and ‘Getting High – A World at my Feet‘.

James recently compiled a commemorative Centenary Edition of Slasher (the Forestry Commission magazine) at FCA Today and has completed ‘A Short History of the Forestry Commission’, commissioned by the RSFS to be published later this year.


Taking place on Zoom, the interview will be followed by an interactive Q&A session. This session will take place on Thursday 25th June between 11am and 12pm. You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #MembersHour.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a subject you’d like to see discussed, or potentially host, in a future #MembersHour session – please contact us at icf@charteredforesters.org.