Sir Harry Studholme replaces Pam Warhurst as Forestry Commission chair

Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed interim chair of the Forestry Commission

Forestry Commissioner Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed interim chair of the board of Forestry Commissioners from 1 January until 30 June 2013.

Studholme, who has been a GB Forestry Commissioner since 2007 and who has owned woodlands for more than 20 years, said: "It's a privilege to step into the role at such a critical time. Recent events have reminded us of the value and importance of our forestry expertise, and that the Forestry Commission's staff rank among our nation's most professional, practical and effective public servants."

He added: "I very much look forward to meeting staff and partners in the coming weeks and months, and discussing how we take forward the Government's response to the Independent Panel on Forestry in England.

"We also need to help Natural Resources Wales get off to the best possible start, while reaffirming the importance of our work in Scotland and our central services, including the expertise provided by our Forest Research agency."

The interim appointment follows Pam Warhurst's three-year term as chair, which ends on 31 December 2012. A new chair will be recruited to take up the post from summer 2013.

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