Our Team

The ICF staff are here to help you gain the best from your membership.

Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor

Executive & Technical Director

Shireen took up her current role in 2006. She studied forestry and soil science at Bangor University before embarking on a career overseas, working with the Government of the Bahamas to set up a new forestry department in the 1980s. She returned to the UK to work with the Central Scotland Forest and continued as a practitioner in community and urban forestry throughout the UK.

Non- executive board appointments have included Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Forest Research, Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Committee for Mid-Scotland (Chair), Edinburgh Green Belt Trust and she was a member of the Independent Panel on Forestry in 2012. Shireen was appointed chair of TREE AID board of trustees in 2017.

Dr Stuart Glen

Member Services Director

Stuart is responsible for the management of membership administration and accreditation procedures, including managing the process to chartership and supporting assessors and applicants.

He very much enjoys meeting members and finding out what they want from their membership. Stuart has worked in the third sector for 18 years for a number of charities, including Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Louise Simpson

Development Director

Louise is responsible for promoting the professional status of Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists among employers, decision-makers, the public and individual professionals. She leads on partnership working to provide training and CPD event for members and promoting the educational pathway for professional qualifications.

Louise provides advice and information to key decision-makers and influence highlighting the importance of our profession in a growing economy. She has 20 years’ experience in evidence gathering, policy development, strategy, campaigning, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and people management.

Nathaniel Jackson BA (Hons)

Events Manager

Nathaniel looks after everything from our annual conference to partner and regional group events. He is experienced in all aspects of hospitality, having worked for various companies with large event spaces, both here and in Melbourne, Australia. With a degree in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts, Nathaniel now turns his creative hand to Event Management.

Jemima Cooper BA(Hons) MA

Senior Policy & Research Officer

Jemima has worked in policy and research in higher education at the Office for Students since moving to Bristol in 2016, mostly on information to support student decision-making. Before that, she lived in South London and worked as a programme coordinator and researcher at the Institute for Psychiatry, part of King’s College London. Past studies include a BA in Classics, MA in Criminology, and courses in counselling and counselling skills.

Dr Rob Hawkins

Education and Outreach Officer

After initially studying Zoology at the University of Bristol, Rob spent several years at an agrochemical company before returning to his studies to carry out his PhD in Microbial Ecology at the University of Reading. He joins us after almost ten years of teaching at an inner-city FE college where he taught on a range of science courses heading up the A-level biology programme.

Ben Summers-McKay BA (Hons) MA

Member Services Manager

Ben is responsible for the on-going stewardship of member services and the management of the Institute’s CRM system. Ben has a Master’s degree in 20th Century Literature from UCL and a First Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. He worked for several years in arts administration in London and Edinburgh, including positions with the National Theatre, Punchdrunk, and the Edinburgh Playhouse. He also worked in Visitor Services at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

Mark Goodwin BA (Hons) MSc

Marketing & Communications Manager

Mark joined the team in November 2019, bringing extensive marketing experience gained from roles in the IT, Events, and Medical Recruitment sectors. Educated to Masters degree level, he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Responsible for setting the strategic marketing and communications agenda for the Institute, he particularly enjoys brand management and the successful execution of digital marketing strategies.

Dawn Elliot

Member Services Administrator

Dawn joined the ICF team in February 2020 as our Member Services Administrator. She had previously worked in the Early Years Sector as a Nursery Administrator for 12 years and in the optical industry as an Optical Receptionist for almost 10 years. Dawn studied Administration & Information Technology in Edinburgh and has over 20 years’ experience in customer-focused, administrative roles.

Alice Hancock BA (Hons)

Marketing & Communications Officer

Alice is responsible for designing content & collateral for the Institute’s website, social channels and events. She also deals with member and external communications and produces the Trees quarterly magazine. Before joining the Institute, Alice worked for an International Development charity in Edinburgh. She has a Fashion, Marketing & Branding degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Denise Camilleri

Finance Manager

Denise joined the Institute as Finance Manager in November 2020 and manages all aspects of finance. Her career started in hospitality before moving into finance in 2010. Denise spent 7 years as Financial Controller at the Destiny Scotland Group after finishing BA in Business with Accounts at the Open University.

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