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Meet our new Council Members

Following our online Council Elections in May 2024, the following candidates have been successful and will be appointed onto the Institute’s Council at our Annual General Meeting on 21 June 2024.


Martin Glynn FICFor CEnv
Independent Consultant

Martin is an independent Chartered Forester based in North Yorkshire working on a range of forest industry supply chain, market and workforce assignments for clients in the public, private and third sectors.

He has held various professional positions including as a non-Executive Director of the National Forest Company and is a member of the England Forest and Wood-based Industries Leadership Group.

Martin has played an active role with the Institute, being until recently the Chair of the North England Regional Group and representative on the Forestry & Climate Change Partnership, and is currently a mentor for the Emerging Leader programme.

Craig Harrison FICFor
Forest Management Director & Deputy Surveyor, Forestry England

Craig works for Forestry England as South District Forest Management Director and Deputy Surveyor of the New Forest. He has over 30 years of experience including forest and land management, private sector woodlands and urban forestry.

Craig was awarded chartered status 20 years ago and promoted to a Fellow in 2016. He was first appointed as a member of the Institute’s Council in 2022 and will serve another term until 2026.

Professional Members

Jo Ellis MICFor
Head of Planning and Environment,
Forestry and Land Scotland

Jo is currently Head of Planning and Environment at Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and has 25 years of experience in the forestry sector. Leading FLS’s spatial planning, her work enables FLS to maintain habitats, landscapes and timber availability while proactively tackling climate impacts, biodiversity loss, tree health threats, and responding to the needs of neighbours and stakeholders. She has worked in England and Scotland in policy, regulation and delivery.

Jo is committed to promoting professional, responsible and sustainable forestry practices, and maintaining trust in the sector. She encourages public sector foresters to join the Institute, to support collaboration within the profession.

Kate FitzGerald MICFor
Partner, Forestry and Head of Perth,

Since being awarded Lantra’s Forestry Apprentice of the Year in 2011, Kate has built a reputation for her expert practical knowledge of forestry management from plantation establishment and infrastructure to eventual harvesting. Working with managers, contractors, developers and landowners, she enjoys the variety that the forestry industry has to offer.

Before joining Bidwells nine years ago, Kate previously worked for the Forestry Commission as a Forestry Liaison Officer for one of the largest onshore windfarm schemes in Scotland, as a beat forester for Scottish Lowlands Forest District, and as a Harvesting Manager for Euroforest in the Lochaber area.

Ben Gunneberg MICFor
International Sustainability Advisor

Ben is passionate about promoting sustainable forest management, urban and rural tree growing professionals, in the UK and abroad, at a time when the world’s most pressing challenge is climate change. He brings 30 years’ organisational experience gained in the UK and globally (latterly as former CEO of PEFC International) to help further position the Institute to influence the direction society takes in addressing this and other forestry/arboriculture related challenges.

Ben was first elected as a Council Member in 2022 and is also a member of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee. He has also assisted with the Emerging Leader Programme as a mentor.

Dr Jon Heuch MICFor
Duramen Consulting Ltd

Jon’s experience is broad – over 25 years in forestry and 20 years in arboriculture. He has been an ICF assessor and a member of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee. He has represented the ICF on government biosecurity committees.

Jon has experience as a forestry and arboriculture expert witness giving evidence in criminal, civil and coroners’ courts. He is also a Registered Consultant of both the Institute and the Arboricultural Association.

As an ex-Chair of two Charities, 20 years’ experience as a director and an MBA, Jon is used to working with others to develop and deliver effective organisational strategies.

Pherenice Worsey-Buck MICFor
Woodland Officer,
Forestry Commission

Pherenice works for the Forestry Commission as a Woodland Officer across 32 London Boroughs and the City.  During her 25 years as an urban forester, she has worked with multiple stakeholders to develop tree and woodland strategies, manage woodlands, set up community forestry groups and tree planting programmes.

Pherenice is passionate about creating greener, more resilient, and healthier cities where the benefits of trees and quality green spaces are universally available to all communities.  When she is not working, Pherenice is an enthusiastic runner, learner of British Sign Language and an organiser of a woodland volunteer group.

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