Edwards was elected as the successor to David Henderson-Howat, who stands down after two years in the role.
Since graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1984, Edwards has worked in the private sector, holding positions in Scotland, England and Wales.
He is currently district manager - Wales and Marches, for Tilhill Forestry. His broad breadth experience of commercial forestry and landscaping includes ten years working in utility arboriculture on railways and powerlines.
Prior to his previous election as vice president in 2015, he served the institute as an examiner, member of council and professional and education standards committee, finance officer, committee member and regional group chairman in Wales, as well as representing the Institute and wider sector externally.
He said: "I am honoured to have become ICF's new
"The Institute's members have unrivalled expertise in UK forestry and arboriculture. I look forward to maintaining our professional standards, providing high quality advice to government bodies and clients, and working closely with educational establishments."
The Institute also announced its newly elected vice president, Alastair Sandels, director and chair of The Forestry Industry Safety Accord, UK.
He was managing director of Fountains Forestry. In 2016 he formed Trioss, whose focus is organisational development and capacity building in the context of Climate Change Adaptation and Decision Mapping
The new council member, elected at the meeting, is Andrew Sowerby, Forest Manager at Pryor & Rickett Silviculture.