Announced today by Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Sir William Worsley will take on the role as the new Chair of the Forestry Commission. He follows on from Sir Harry Studholme who was Chair for seven years. Sir William will step down as the government’s Tree Champion when he starts his new three-year-long role on 10 February.
“Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general well-being and providing a renewable resource in the timber they produce. It couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the Forestry Commission. As Chair, my aim will be to celebrate, protect and deepen the impact of its excellent work, not only for the sake of our environment but also for the huge benefits that our success brings for society.” – Sir William Worsley
Sir William began his career as a chartered surveyor and worked with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as former President and Chairman of the board. He is currently Chair of both the National Forest Company and of the Howardian Hills Area of Natural Beauty Joint Advisory Committee.
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