Case study: Rachel Chamberlain FICFor

The Institute’s Marketing Manager, Hester McQueen, interviewed Rachel Chamberlain FICFor for 2019 International Women’s Day to highlight women excelling in our profession. Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse by joining the #ILookLikeAForester campaign. Find out how you can get involved >>

Rachel Chamberlain FICFor, Forest Planning Team Leader, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

What do you love most about your job?

In these days of environmental awareness, working in a sector that is sustainable and really is thinking about the future rather than just talking about it.

Why choose forestry?

I loved the idea of working outside, although these days I tend to be more desk bound and the idea of a practical role that supports the rural economy and environment.

How can ICF support women in forestry and arboriculture?

More promotion, particularly using younger female members, to demonstrate that forestry uses a range of skills such as communications, planning, and analysis and help to change the perception that it’s about tweeds and shooting sticks.

What can professional organisations like the ICF do to attract a more diverse workforce?

By ICF having a diverse workforce but also continuing to use women, particularly younger ones, in its promotional material.


Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on International Women’s Day to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play. Follow the conversation #ILookLikeAForester