The National Forest Company is creating a new forest across 200 square miles of the Midlands. Dr Churchill has been chief executive since 2006. She was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in 2011.
Dr Churchill also chairs Tree Aid, a charity established with foresters’ support in response to the famine in Ethiopia in 1987. Tree Aid combats poverty and desertification through community-led forestry.
Dr Churchill was also chief executive of RegenWM, the West Midlands Centre of Excellence for Regeneration and a foster carer of a teenager with learning disabilities. Her PhD was based on the lives of adults with learning disabilities in institutional settings.
ICF executive director Shireen Chambers said: "We are delighted that Dr Churchill has accepted this award and we look forward to her continued support for forestry and working more closely with the Institute."
Dr Churchill will be officially presented with the award at the ICF National Conference in Glasgow in April 2013.