An exciting milestone in the development of the Forestry Learning Network was reached this month, with the recruitment of the initiative’s first project manager. Emily Maclean will commence her role on 19 February, based in the ICF’s Bristol office at Brunswick Square.
Emily studied Countryside and Environmental Management at University of Aberdeen. She is returning to forestry after 3 years working in the agricultural sector with SAC Consulting. She previously held a project officer role at Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) for 5 years, during which time she was involved coordinating Ignite woodfuel training courses, timber transport groups and regional forestry cluster meetings. Emily said:
“I have always had a passion for training and skills and enjoy seeing people progress and make positive changes to their businesses as a result of the information and support received.
“When I left Aberdeenshire in 2011 to take up my new SAC role in Cumbria I never imagined that I would be back working for RDI again and I am very excited about delivering the the Forestry Learning Network project.”
Emily will be responsible for running and developing the Forestry Learning Network, a new professional development network for foresters. The project initially arose out of research carried out for an innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership on professional development, run by ICF. The project will be delivered by RDI on behalf of a Steering Group of employers and contributing organisations, chaired by the lead employer UPM Tilhill.