Forestry Commission reveals slimmed-down operation

The restructured Forestry Commission in England has come into force.

Changes to the Forestry Commission take effect today - image: FC
Changes to the Forestry Commission take effect today - image: FC
Since 2 April the Public Forest Estate has been divided in to six districts instead of 11 and our grants, licensing and wider woodland advice works across five Areas instead of nine Regions. The main national office remains in Bristol.

The restructuring is the result of Defra’s Spending Review period to 2015, to reduce resource spending by 29 per cent and capital spending by 34 per cent.

The commission had announced in February 2011 plans to axe 350 jobs in England and 100 in Scotland as its 2011/12 budget of £48.47m is set to drop to £32.45m in 2014/15.

An announcement of  250 losses, from its 1,082 posts in England, was made in May 2012.

Chief executive Simon Hodgson said:

"We have dealt with a period of change like no other in the Forestry Commission’s 90 year history. It has been a challenging year for us to create a smaller, more efficient organisation remaining focused on balancing the needs of people, business and the environment.

"We keep our core responsibilities to protect, improve and expand England’s woodlands and will do things that only Government should do. Now that we’re smaller, and often working across larger areas, it also means focusing our efforts where they’re really going to count.

Staff changes include the following:

England Executive Board

Director general, Tim Rollinson
Chief executive of Forestry Commission England, Simon Hodgson
Director Forest Enterprise England, Brian Mahony
Head of forest services, Richard Greenhous
Finance director, Steve Meeks
Head of communications, Mark Funnell
Head of executive office, PK Khaira
HR business partner, Sarah England

Area Area Director
North West & West Midlands Keith Jones, Penrith
Yorkshire & North East Crispin Thorn, York
East & East Midlands 
Steve Scott, Santon Downham
South West  
Brendan Callaghan, Exeter
South East & London Alison Field, Bucks Horn Oak
District Forest Management Director
North England
Graham Gill, Bellingham
Yorkshire Alan Eves, Pickering
Central England Andy Medhurst, Sherwood Pines
East England Jim Lyon, Santon Downham
South England
Mike Seddon, Lyndhurst (Kevin Penfold acting)
West England Kevin Stannard, Coleford
Simon Toomer, Westonbir


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