Rebecca Heaton FICFor, Drax

How has chartered status helped your career?

It connects me to the wider industry, and as my career hasn’t been entirely typical, it’s really important to me that I maintain this connection.

How does being a member of the Institute help you do your job better?

Being a member means I have people I can talk to about issues I want to know more about. Through the commitment to continued professional development, the Institute encourages me to better myself by learning more about the industry as a whole.

Why is Institute of Chartered Forester’s membership important to you?

I think any professional qualification is extremely valuable. I mentioned professional development earlier, and this is something which is very important to me. It demonstrates commitment, it gives you a certain standing within your own industry and provides a level of reassurance for those outside of the industry that actually, you are an expert in your field. It also has a strong Code of Conduct that is upheld.

What motivated you to become chartered?

The learning opportunities were an important driver in joining initially, and over time I’ve realised the impact of membership on my CV, it’s a recognised qualification that has helped me in my career.

Why do you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

It’s the obvious choice for a forestry graduate.

What is the best thing you’ve done through your ICF membership?

I am an assessor for the ICF, and this is something I really enjoy. It helped me to become a better interviewer in my own job, and it’s been another way of meeting industry professionals.

But probably the best thing ICF gives me is the opportunity to debate forestry issues over a beer or two after the main business of the day is over.