Our Team

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

Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor

Executive Director

Shireen 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. She returned to the UK to work with the Central Scotland Forest and continued as a practitioner in community and urban forestry.

She has been Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 2006. Her non-executive board appointments have included Forest Research, Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Committee for Mid-Scotland (Chair) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. Shireen was appointed Chair of TREE AID board of trustees in 2017.

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 member of the Woodland Trust Scotland Advisory Group.

Louise Simpson

Development Director

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

Jemima Cooper BA(Hons) MA

Policy Manager

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Jemima looks after our central policy and research functions, covering everything from formal Institute representation and stakeholder engagement to consultation responses, research and surveys. Previous experience includes policy roles at the Office for Students and before that as programme coordinator and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Past studies include a BA in Classics, MA in Criminology, and courses in counselling and counselling skills.

Ben Summers-McKay BA (Hons) MA

Member Services Manager

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Ben is responsible for the ongoing stewardship of member services. Ben has a Master’s degree in 20th Century Literature and a First Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He worked for several years in arts administration, 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

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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 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.

Nathaniel Jackson BA (Hons)

Events Manager

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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.

Alice Hancock BA (Hons)

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 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.

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.

Dr Rob Hawkins

Education and Outreach Officer

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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.

Denise Camilleri

Finance Manager

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Denise joined as Finance Manager 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.

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