Parris — who is an honorary member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and a woodland owner — will speak at the conference in Newcastle upon Tyne on 29 April.
Matthew Parris has written for The Times and the Investors Chronicle, has guest appeared on the BBC's Have I Got News For You and presents Radio Four's Great Lives series.
His passion for woodland has seen him establish his own, and in 2007 the ICF awarded Mr Parris an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute in recognition of his public support for forests and woodlands.
ICF's ‘Question Time' is an opportunity for delegates to quiz a panel of experts, drawn from the speakers, on any issues discussed over the 2-day conference.
ICF executive director Shireen Chambers said: "We're delighted that Matthew could commit his time given his busy schedule. As an honorary fellow of the ICF, and woodland owner himself, he is well qualified to lead what I'm sure will be an engaging and informative session at the conference."
Speakers also include:
- Jörg Schweinle, Johan Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Hamburg, Germany
- Jyrki Raitila, team leader and research scientist, Biomass Fuel Production, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
- Adrian Whiteman, senior forestry officer, Forest Economics Service, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation
- Gaynor Hartnell, chief policy officer, Renewable Energy Association
- Professor Joe Clarke, lecturer, Department of Engineering, Strathclyde University
- Andrew Clark, head of policy services, National Farmers Union
- Mandy Gloyer, policy manager (Ecology), ScottishPower Renewables
- Martin Glynn, director, Rural Development Initiative
- Dr Jason Beedell, head of research, Smiths Gore
- Richard Harvey, managing director, Rural Energy
- John Woodruff, senior development manager, Natural Power
- Alistair Kerr, director general, Wood Panel Industries Federation
- Kieran Allen, technology acceleration manager, The Carbon Trust
- Dr John Purse, founder, PrimaBio
- Peter Whitefield, timber operations director, UPM Tilhill
For more information visit the Institute of Chartered Foresters website.
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