Learning & Engaging with Each Other
Young people are the future of our sector, profession and Institute. The Young Professionals Conference is your chance to get inspired, get involved, and celebrate fantastic young tree professionals and their work, while also pulling in the knowledge of those who have a wealth of experience.
The conference has been put together by a young professional group, aimed at young professionals and those early in their careers, however, everyone is welcome and will be sure to find topics of interest.
With a diverse programme split into two parts, the conference will have presentations, Q&A sessions and a selection of workshops, and we hope you are able to join and participate.
09:30 – Welcome
09:45 – Innovation in Online Woodland Creation and Management, George Dennison & Guest (Sylva Foundation)
10:30 – TBC
11:15 – Break
11:30 – Pests and Diseases, Olivia Fitzgerald/Katy Dainton/Kate Sparrow (Forest Research)
12:15 – Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals, Elaine Springgay (Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals)
12:45 – Lunch
13:30 – Panel Discussion: Changes Seen in the Sector Over the Last 30 Years, Lamorna Richards (Chair & Bangor Forestry Student Association), Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor (ICF President & Sharon Hosegood Associates), Judith Webb (UHI) & Rachel Chamberlain FICFor (NRW)
14:30 – Break
14:45 – Workshops, Advice and Discussion Groups
Choice of sessions to attend, each of which will run twice in the hour session allowing attendees to take part in any two of their choice.
Diversity and Overcoming Barriers to Entry – Speaker TBC
Creating a Higher Quality, More Resilient Plant Supply – Josh Roberts MICFor, Forestry and Land Scotland
(An open discussion exploring a range of cutting edge technology that could be used to create the forests of the future)
Setting up in Business – Sam Hobson MICFor, Seed Arboriculture
15:45 – Summary and close
Shona Smyth MICFor – Forest Manager, Pryor & Rickett Silviculture
Shona is a Forest Manager for Pryor & Rickett Silviculture covering West Wales, primarily Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. She has a breadth of experience across both forestry and harvesting management. After working in lowland forestry in England, Shona moved to Wales in 2015 to pursue her interest in timber harvesting. Prior to this, she had a stint of forest conservation and tree nursery work in New Zealand after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Countryside and Environmental Management. More recently, she has graduated with an MSc in Forestry Management from Harper Adams University and obtained chartered status in 2020.
Olivia FitzGerald – Social Scientist, Forest Research
Olivia is a Social Scientist at Forest Research, where she works on research ranging from woodland creation to tree health and the social benefits provided by trees and woodlands. Previously a secondary school teacher, Olivia has now swapped children for trees, and is excited about the positive developments taking place in the forestry sector. She joined the Institute a year ago and has enjoyed developing her understanding of forestry and meeting others in the sector.
Greg Packman – Senior Tree Inspector, London Borough of Islington
Elva Preston – Arboricultural Consultant, Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants
Elva is an Arboricultural Consultant at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants. She has also worked for FPCR Environment and Design Ltd and WSP Ltd as an Assistant and a Graduate Arboricultural Consultant. Elva holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Birmingham as well as a Level 4 Diploma in Arboricultural from Tree Life College.
Ros Wardman – Forest Industries Advisor, Scottish Forestry
Ros started her working career as a freelance stage manager in theatre and opera. In 2005 she swapped the wooden boards of the stage for the real thing and studied forestry at Newton Rigg. Since then Ros has been working across south and central Scotland in a variety of roles with Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry. Her current role is Forest Industries Advisor with Scottish Forestry focussing on the support and development of small businesses in any activity linked to forestry or the woodland setting, and on the promotion of forestry as a career.
George Dennison – Forester, Sylva Foundation
George is a Forester, working for the Sylva Foundation, an environmental charity based in South Oxford focusing on the wood chain. Most of his time is spent working on the myForest platform, a focused GIS system allowing woodland owners and agents to map, plan, and manage their woodland in accordance with the UKFS and both statutory and non-statutory bodies. George is an Associate member, working towards becoming chartered in the coming years. Furthermore, he is also completing a series of project management courses and is excited about the benefits this will bring to his work in the future.
Katrina Kelly – Student, Bangor University
Michael Cresswell MICFor – Team Leader Forest Operations, Natural Resources Wales
Mike started his career in the Highlands and Islands with Scottish Forestry, following which he returned to Wales and initially worked in land management for Natural Resources Wales and more recently in forest operations. This is where he now leads a team undertaking planning, harvesting and establishment on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate in Mid Wales. Mike has been a Professional member since 2017 and sits on the Wales Regional Committee following a tenure as Secretary. He is also the Business Development Director on the Inaugural Executive Board for the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals (ForYP) and a Council Member for the Institute.
Dr Rob Hawkins – Education and Outreach Officer
Ticket Type 1 - Standard
Ticket Price 1 - £35
Ticket Type 2 - Student
Ticket Price 2 - £15