Institute announces successful ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ applicants

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the successful applicants for their upcoming ‘Emerging Leader Programme’.

Beginning in January 2023, the programme offers a fantastic opportunity for those who work and volunteer with trees to develop the skills necessary to ensure our trees, forests and woodlands are managed to effectively deliver against multiple objectives, including planting targets, climate change mitigation and the biodiversity crisis.

With more than 70 applications from across the sector, competition for places was strong. Developed in partnership with Clore Social Leadership, the six-month programme is designed to help emerging leaders in the sector build their leadership potential, strengthen their networks and drive both social and organisational change.

Louise Simpson, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, commented:

“We’re delighted to announce the successful applicants for the Emerging Leader Programme. These future forestry leaders will undertake a comprehensive programme of activities that will ensure they are equipped to deal with the challenges of woodland planting targets, climate change mitigation, the biodiversity crisis and more. The programme will deliver a skilled and strongly interconnected cohort of tree professionals with the leadership skills to drive the sector forward and navigate future challenges.”

Highlighting the importance of developing the sector’s future leaders and helping address the ongoing skills shortage, places on the programme have been funded by several sector organisations across the UK. The Trees Call to Action Fund, delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, provided funding for 15 places for England-based applicants while Scottish Forestry and the Welsh Government provided funding for ten places each for Scotland and Wales-based applicants.

The successful applicants are listed below:

Jude Alexander
Scottish Woodlands

Ben Anderson MICFor
Duchy of Cornwall

Kelvin Archer
Woodland Trust

Tim Bennett
National Trust

Clare Bowen
The Tree Council

Lea Brandes
Forestry England

Samuel Brown MICFor
Natural Resources Wales

Jemima Cooper
Institute of Chartered Foresters

Patrick Cowdy
Welsh Government

Mike Cresswell MICFor
Natural Resources Wales

Elaine Dick MICFor
Forest Research

Miles Drury MICFor
Forestry Commission

Antonia Dunwoody
Forestry and Land Scotland

Anthony Geddes MICFor

Elaine Harrison MICFor
Natural Resources Wales

Kate Hawley MICFor
Forestry Commission

Miriam Jones-Walters MICFor
Natural Resources Wales

Jemima Letts MICFor
Chatsworth Estate

Iwan Lloyd-Williams MICFor
DSHwood UK Ltd

Kevin Martin
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Iain Moss
Woodland Trust

Catherine Nuttgens
Woodland Trust

Josh Roberts MICFor
Forestry and Land Scotland

Michelle Ryan MICFor
Arboricultural Association

Ben Searle MICFor

Andy Sloss
Forestry and Land Scotland

Shona Smyth MICFor
Institute of Chartered Foresters

Dr Luke Tyler
Llyn Parc Mawr

Keira Tedd
Pryor & Rickett Silviculture

Dr Eleanor Tew MICFor
Forestry England

Mark Townsend MICFor

Ros Wardman MICFor
Scottish Forestry

Ross Watson
Woodland Trust Scotland

Michelle Whalley-Palmer
Mersey Forest

Claire Wightman MICFor

Pherenice Worsey-Buck MICFor
Forestry Commission

The Emerging Leader Programme is a leadership development journey, designed for those leading teams, projects, volunteers and/or departments. The programme will offer access to a wealth of leadership development activities designed to help participants build the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to drive change effectively. Successful applicants can look forward to:

  • Clore Social Leadership Fellowship awarded upon successful completion of the Programme
  • Up to £1,000 travel and training bursary to cover travel and future development needs identified by the programme
  • Online and in-person development activities, including two two-day residentials aimed at developing a close network of future forestry leaders

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