Our Team

The staff are here to help you gain the most from your membership and support your professional development.

Louise Simpson

Executive 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 events for members and promoting the educational pathway for professional qualifications.

Louise provides advice to key decision-makers and influencers. She has 20 years’ experience in evidence gathering, policy development, strategy, campaigning, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and people management.

Dr Stuart Glen

Member Services Director

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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 more than 20 years for a number of charities, including Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Stuart is currently a Trustee for Scotland’s Finest Woods, the charity responsible for staging Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.

Denise Camilleri

Finance Director

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Denise joined in November 2020 and manages all aspects of the Institute’s finances and accounts. 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.

Jemima Cooper

Head of Policy & Partnerships

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Jemima looks after the Institute’s central policy function, oversees our education and outreach work and manages our events programme. Previous experience includes policy and research at the Office for Students and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She studied a BA in Classics, MA in Criminology, and courses in counselling and counselling skills.

Mark Goodwin

Marketing & Communications Manager

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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 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.

Dr Rob Hawkins

Education and Outreach Officer

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After studying Zoology at the University of Bristol, Rob spent several years carrying out research at a multinational agrochemical company before returning to academia undertaking a PhD in Microbial Ecology at the University of Reading. His role includes being the main contact between higher education institutes and ICF and is the ICF’s Regional Group Liaison. Rob represents the Institute within several fora including the Forestry Skills Forum in England and on the Trailblazer group developing higher level apprenticeships for the sector.

Alice Hancock

Marketing & Communications Officer

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Alice is responsible for designing content and collateral for the Institute’s website, social channels and events. She also deals with member and external communications and helps to produce 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.

Ella Smith

Events Coordinator

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Ella helps to coordinate the Institute’s National, Regional and Partnership events. Before joining the Institute, Ella worked for an Events and Marketing company in London and has previously had event coordinator roles at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Trust.

Dawn Elliot

Member Services Administrator

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Dawn joined the 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 more than 20 years’ experience in customer-focused, administrative roles.

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