Opportunities to represent the Institute – certification and tree health

We are looking for Chartered members to take up two representative roles on sector groups and committees in certification and tree health. You would be a crucial touch point between Institute staff, Council and members and help shape the Institute’s activities in these areas. Please refer to the ICF Representative brief for a general overview, check out our Representing the Institute page to see the other groups we’re represented on, and see below for more details on the current opportunities.

DEFRA Tree Health Policy Group

The Defra Tree Health Policy Group is an advisory group to Defra on a range of tree health issues with diverse stakeholders. This can vary from looking at particular management approaches or issues around pests and diseases, feeding into consultations or providing advice on operational areas, depending on what the Defra policy team needs at the time. You’ll have the chance to interact with a wide range of individuals and organisations – the ideal candidate would be passionate about tree health issues, linking policy and practice and raising awareness with members. The group meets around three times per year but this varies according to need so some flexibility is desirable.

UKWAS Steering Group

As an independent certification standard for woodland management, the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) is a pillar of sustainable forestry practice. The UKWAS Steering Group is responsible for maintaining and interpreting the standard and ensuring its periodic revision. The Institute fields three UKWAS representatives, one for each of the ‘pillars’ – economy, society and environment – and this position will cover economy. You’ll have the chance to broaden your experience and interact with people from all interests in forestry. Ideally you would be a practising forester with experience of using UKWAS and/or an interest in certification. The Steering Group meets 3–4 times a year but the commitment varies depending on what stage of review UKWAS is at.

To discuss either of the roles, or to apply, contact Jemima Cooper, Senior Policy & Research Officer. Applications should include 300–400 words describing your suitability for the role and should be received by 29 July 2021.

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