The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has elected Professor Julian Evans OBE, as president. Evans was formerly its vice president and was elected president by members at the recent ICF AGM and national conference in Glasgow.
A Fellow of the Institute, he graduated with a degree in Forestry from Bangor University in 1968, eventually going on to become a Professor of Forestry at Imperial College London. Another career highlight includes the role of chief research officer for the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt.
He is the author of many technical books, was a principal editor of the Encyclopedia of Forest Science (Elsevier 2004), and a past editor of the Institute's journal, Forestry. In 1997, he was appointed OBE for services to 'Forestry and the Third World'. He has a long-term research interest in plantation sustainability in Swaziland and silviculture of broadleaved woodland in UK and is a woodland owner, with a 12 hectare site in Hampshire.
He said: "These are times of great change for forestry and arboriculture in Britain. We face biological threats to trees and forests and changes in governance and policy, especially in the public forest sector, not neglecting the increasing role of wood and timber in the economy. The Institute's outgoing president, Fenning Welstead, had a clear grasp of this and, in thanking Fenning for the great success of his presidency, I anticipate these issues remaining centre stage.
"As forestry and arboriculture professionals, we are best placed to tackle and guide change for the greater good of the nation's tree and forest resource. The challenge the Institute faces is to remain centre-stage. This has been ably achieved with, for example, our Executive and Technical Director Shireen Chambers’ invitation to join the government’s Independent Panel on Forestry. This is also why the Institute created the new position of Deputy Director, appointing Russell Horsey last year, and also expanded, with a new office-base in southern England.
"I believe the ICF has a crucial role to play, working with our partners in the sector, to ensure the well-being of our trees and woodlands; which are not only our business but are so evidently valued across the nation at large. The nation looks to the professional forester and arboriculturist as custodians of this remarkable resource and long may this continue."
Joining Evans on the ICF Council is new vice president David Henderson-Howat FICFor, deputy director of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), and Syd House FICFor, FCS Conservator – Perth and Argyll.