Forestry Commission renews regional committees

Nine regional advisory committees (RACs) which advise the Forestry Commission on how trees and woodlands can benefit the English regions have been renewed.

The RACs advise the Forestry Commission, through its regional directors, on the implementation of forestry and related policies at a regional level.

The Forestry Commission's head of regions Richard Britton said:

"The role of the RACs is vital to our goal in delivering trees and woodlands which meet the needs of local people, and local areas.

"Forestry is unique in the range of functions and opportunities it offers local populations: creating more attractive settings to planned developments, and offsetting noise and air pollution; supporting rural businesses and providing valuable renewable energy resources; providing green spaces with light and shade for children to play safely, and learn about their natural environment.

"The committees, working alongside regional Forestry Commission colleagues, help to plan our work with Natural England's regional teams, the Development Agencies, and other partners, and put us at the heart of delivering trees and woodlands that meet the needs for communities today and in the future."

Membership of the committees is:

North West Dr Eunice Simmons (Chair - 2nd term); Bob Allen, Joseph Dwek, Edward Wilson (new appointments); Peter Bullard, Richard Denyer, Francis Hesketh, David Hunter (2nd term); Martin D. Clark, Martin Harker (3rd term).

North East Graham Usher (Chair - new appointment); Dr Susan Antrobus, Charles Beaumont, Ian Brown, Athole McKillop, Elaine Rigg (new appointments); Elizabeth Bray, Angus Collingwood-Cameron, Andy Dean (2nd term).

Yorkshire and The Humber Jeremy Walker (Chair - 2nd term); Sian Ferguson, David Fraser, William Richardson, Guy Warren (new appointments); Melanie Burton, Peter Greenwood, David Sharrod, David Shaw (2nd term).

West Midlands Professor John Moverley (Chair - new appointment); Jeremy Bruce, Martin Sutton, Judy Walker (new appointments); John Curtin, Paul Esrich, William Evans, Helen Woodman, Andrew Woods (2nd term).

East Midlands Chris Gill (Chair - 2nd term); Geoffrey Nickolds (new appointments); Nick Blyth, Graham Garratt, Sharon Palmer, Richard Sochacki, Michael Stubbs (2nd term); Ian Biddulph, Richard Harvey (3rd term).

East of England Dr Gerry Barnes (Chair - 3rd term); Patricia Holtom, James Michael Seville  (new appointments); Sue Sida-Lockett, Kevin West (2nd term); Michael Allen, Prof. Robert Fuller, Tony Talbot, Stephen Westover (3rd term).

South West Dr Mike Moser (Chair - 2nd term); Martin Bishop, Edward Chorlton, Roger Griffin, Melanie Hall, Peter Wilkinson (new appointments); Malcolm Bell, Andy Poore, John Wilding, (2nd term).

South East Steve Rodrick (Chair - 2nd term); Dougal Driver, Dr John Jackson, Dr Jacquie Middleton, Dianne Mills, Greg Vickers (new appointments); Steve Gilbert, Dr Gabriel Hemery (2nd term)

London Marion Kerr (Chair - 3rd term); Alison Barnes, Colin Buttery, Susan Ireland, Anthony Newhouse, (new appointments); John White (2nd term); Jane Carlsen, Graham Simmonds (3rd term).


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