Sharon Hosegood FICFor, Sharon Hosegood Associates

How has chartered status helped your career?

Chartered status is an easily recognisable qualification which is understood by those outside of our industry.  It elevates our profession and I find that I am automatically considered as a key member of the design team, alongside architects, engineers, landscape architects and planners.  As a Director of a practice, I actively encourage staff to become chartered.  In fact, applying for chartership is in their contract!

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

The Institute provides up to date industry news and advice, and a group of peers to share ideas.  The events provide training and, very importantly, networking.  Being a member of the institute means that I do not have to explain my credentials to peers, other professionals and clients.

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

Networking has been very important to me in pulling together different projects and working with my peers in local authorities.  The CPD requirements ensure that with a busy pressured working life, I make time to keep up to date and explore things that are not the norm for me.  This has in turn, expanded my horizons and I have got to know more people.

I have been privileged to serve on Council for three years, and this has given me greater insight into forestry and governance.  It is a role I have greatly enjoyed.  Being an assessor is also a privilege as I am passionate about raising the standards of our profession as it is good for the individual, the perception of our industry, and good for trees!

What motivated you to become chartered?

The quality assurance that it provides to clients and peers.  This is important there are many paths to becoming an arboricultural consultant, and for me, the pinnacle is chartership.

Why do you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is a solely professional organisation with rigorous requirements and the interaction with Forestry is important to my career.

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

There are so many things to choose from, but probably the best was chairing and assisting with the Study Tour ‘Streets of London’ in 2016.  This tour brought together a diverse audience to see how community and construction can work together.  This is a key interest of mine, and I learnt so much (not least, how much work is involved in such an event).