Robert Davies, The Woodland Trust

How will chartered status help you going forward?

Chartered status will help provide the recognition among colleagues and those within the sector that I’m capable of delivering sound woodland management decisions. This is especially important for me having not taken a traditional route to forest management. I trained as a primate behavioural ecologist only gradually becoming more involved with forestry through a succession of jobs involving woodland surveying and management in the UK. Becoming a member will allow me to keep up to speed with the latest thinking and developments in UK Forestry.

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

As an Associate member the desire to achieve full membership is a strong positive force for continued learning about forestry. For example, I’ve recently completed training for assessment for bats, continuous cover forestry and will shortly be undertaking the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) training for Forest Works Manager and Main Contractor Management. As well as helping fulfil CPD requirements this helps me to become more qualified and knowledgeable as I work towards chartered status.

The emphasis on developing critical thinking is also very important as the ability to reflect on management decisions is very important within woodland management; an area where there is often more than one way to solve the same problem.

Why is the Institute of Chartered Foresters membership important to you?

Working within a wildlife trust means I have strong ecological and conservation awareness when appraising woodlands. These skills are important for safeguarding well managed woodlands and the species they support but they must be used in conjunction with sound forestry best practice. A healthy, biodiverse, woodland is a well-managed one.  The emphasis of the ICF on research evidence and learning is important to me as it helps me ensure I make the best possible decisions when planning woodland management.

What motivates you to become chartered?

The pride associated with being able to use the famous MICFor letter after my name. Membership is rightly prized as it demonstrates to clients, colleagues and the public my capabilities and experience within an increasingly competitive sector.

Why did you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

Because of the long and impressive history as the authoritative voice on all forestry related matters. Also, because the people I’ve met through my work and respected as foresters or woodland managers have recommended joining. The recommendation of highly capable and competent people indicated to me the calibre of the people within ICF.