Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Geraint Richards MVO FICFor as the new President.
Geraint succeeds Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Andrew Sowerby FICFor, Director at Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, succeeds Geraint in the role of Vice President.
Geraint is Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, responsible for the management of trees, woodlands and forests across the Duchy’s extensive land-holding in England and Wales. Graduating in 1992 with a degree in forestry from Bangor University, he worked for four years with the Forestry Commission before taking up his current role. The Duchy’s woodlands extend to some 2,500 hectares and contain a variety of species and forest types. Geraint was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 2017, and in 2019 was awarded the Royal Forestry Society’s Gold Medal for distinguished services to forestry. He is a Fellow of the Institute.
Geraint becomes President at a time where trees are firmly in the public eye, enjoying increased social, economic and political attention.