We are delighted to announce that the Professional and Educational Standards Committee has promoted five new members to Fellows of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Fellowship recognises an individual’s dedication, experience and achievements and should be the ambition of all members.
Dr Sallie Bailey FICFor
Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Scottish Government
Sallie leads a team of Science Advisors in the Scottish Government, bringing scientific evidence to the centre of decision-making and to provide oversight and assurance of science capability and activities in policy areas of environment, natural resources and agriculture. She was appointed as a Trustee for the Institute’s Educational & Scientific Trust in 2023.
Michael Cresswell FICFor
Team Leader Forest Operations, Natural Resources Wales
Michael is the Institute’s youngest Fellow at just 32 and sits on Council. He currently leads a team undertaking planning, harvesting and establishment on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate. Michael gained chartered status in 2018 and was awarded the Hugh Miller Award for Excellence for his Professional Membership Entry submission.
Tim Hall FICFor
Head of Estate & Programmes, Woodland Trust Scotland
Tim graduated in forestry from Bangor in 1990. Since then, he has worked at a variety of levels in environmental and social forestry in North Wales, North England and Scotland. He is currently Head of Estate and Programmes for Woodland Trust Scotland and Chair of Trustees for Future Woodlands Scotland. He has a particular interest in urban forestry and, in contrast, is one of the founders of the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest.
Duncan Park FICFor
Regional Operations Manager (Scotland), Greenbelt Group Ltd.
On leaving Aberdeen University in 1990 with a BSc (Hons), Duncan commenced as a graduate trainee with Tilhill Forestry at the Stirling office, then relocated to their West Highland District for three years. Moving lowland, 12 happy years with Fountain Forestry based at their Perth office then followed, again, predominantly woodland management, but also involved in landscaping, landowner permissioning for electric utilities, and overseeing survey contracts for Forest Enterprise. He is MRICS qualified and has been working out of Greenbelt’s Head Office in Glasgow for the last 16 years, undertaking facilities management on private residential infrastructures.
“I am quite delighted to have been awarded this honour. The Institute is, and has always been, an invaluable vehicle for lifelong learning, and I shall continue to strive to be the best I can, for this Institute, the people I work for, and all my clients and customers.”
Dr Victoria Stokes FICFor
Senior Scientist – Silviculture, Forest Research
After receiving a BSc and MSc from Bangor University, Victoria completed a PhD at the University of Essex. She joined Forest Research in 2002, initially based in southeast England, and is now a Senior Scientist leading Upland Silviculture research at the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh. Her research is applied and targeted, aiming to assist practitioners to diversify upland forests and manage them sustainably. After being awarded Professional membership of the Institute in 2009, Victoria has acted as a PME Assessor for the past 12 years and has recently become a Moderator. She also represents Forest Research on the UKWAS Steering Group.