Forestry Commission appoints Pamela Warhurst as new chairman

Pamela Warhurst is taking over as chairman of the Forestry Commission after Lord Clark of Windermere stepped down in December.

Pam Warhurst will chair the Forestry Commission. Pic: Forestry Commission
Pam Warhurst will chair the Forestry Commission. Pic: Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission director general Tim Rollinson said: "Pam Warhurst brings a wealth of experience in fields new to the Forestry Commission, but which will be important to us as we continue to develop to meet the rapidly changing needs of society. I am very much looking forward to working with her."

Warhurst, from Todmorden in West Yorkshire, was until recently a board member of Natural England, where she was the lead non-executive member working on the Countryside & Rights of Way Bill.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing, and chairs Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company for the South Pennines, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership.

Warhurst has previously been the leader of Calderdale Council, deputy chair and acting chairman of the Countryside Agency, a board member of Yorkshire Forward, and chairman of the National Countryside Access Forum and the Calderdale NHS Trust.

She was appointed CBE in 2005 for services to the environment.


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