She has been in her current role as executive director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 2006 and has overseen a doubling of member numbers to the Institute in that time. She has held numerous non-executive board appointments, including her current post with TREE AID.
Chambers said: "It is a great honour for my work to be recognised but I am receiving it on behalf of the fantastic teams at both the Institute of Chartered Foresters and at TREE AID, who both contribute in very different ways to making a difference with trees. We need skilled professionals to ensure that the planting of trees and woods, their conservation, use and management are essential elements of our common life, whether we are in Africa or the UK."
Awards also went to:
Nicholas Joicey, Defra director general strategy, international and biosecurity Companion of the Order of the Bath
Professor Ian Boyd, Defra chief scientific advisor - knighthood
Erica Sarney, wildlflowers and pollinators conservator, Lancashire MBE