CATS Evaluation Panel

The independent CATS Evaluation Panel is made up of seven members, chosen for their expertise across the economic, environmental and social sectors:

Judith Webb MBE, Chair

Judith lectures part-time at UHI's Scottish School of Forestry and is a Cairngorms National Park Authority member. Judith brings experience from public, private and third sector bodies, she has been a Forestry Commissioner; Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; board member National Forest Company and chaired advisory groups on Woodland Biodiversity, deer management, Tree Safety. Judith led international Conservation Volunteer projects and has worked with community regeneration projects in Scotland's Central Belt.

Angela Douglas

Angela is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and enjoys working across the private, public and charity sectors, especially in partnership. She established the independent 'A Douglas Consultancy' in 2010, after 12 years as Woodland Trust Scotland Director managing a varied 21,000 acre estate often working closely with communities. A previous member of the National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel and she currently is a Cairngorms National Park Authority member and Scotland's Finest Woods Awards' Executive Director amongst other roles.

Ian Hepburn

Ian trained as an accountant and has worked as a project manager in a variety of industries from Construction to Logistics. He fulfilled a long held ambition of moving to Mull in 2005 and was employed as Development Manager for North West Mull Community Woodland Company from 2008 until 2014. Ian is now a Director of NWMCWC Ltd and Community Land Scotland with a continuing keen interest in community ownership and Land Reform.

Patrick Hunter Blair Bt

Pat is an experienced land manager in both the public and private sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is a former Director of Policy and Standards for the Forest Service in Northern Ireland and a former Board member of SNH. He is the president of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and chairman of the South Scotland Regional Forestry Forum.

Anna Lawrence

Anna is a Chartered Forester, with 28 years of experience in social and community forestry, formerly in international development, followed by eight years as Head of Social and Economic Research at Forest Research. She is now Honorary Professor of Forestry at the University of the Highlands and Islands and at Wageningen University, an independent consultant (Director of Random Forest Research Ltd), and a Director of the Community Woodland Association.

Bob Stubbs

Bob is a graduate forester from Aberdeen University, diversifying his career over 25-years to lead HIE's work in Agriculture, Food and Drink, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Forestry. Formerly chair of the Highlands and Islands Forestry Forum and the Scottish Forest Industries Advisory Board and a member of the National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel, he is now an independent consultant and part-time executive Director of the Scottish Forestry Trust. He is currently engaged in developing and promoting farm woodlands, and in the agriculture and food and drink sectors for a number of clients.

Cedric Wilkins

Since retiring as Scottish Forest Industries Cluster Director at Scottish Enterprise, Cedric has worked as a consultant to Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Wales in support of the Forest Industries. Formerly Chair of the Forest Products Research Institute Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University, and Home-Start Perth, he currently chairs Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association and the Glenfarg Village Hall Committee. Cedric was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in recognition of his contribution to the Scottish Forest Industry.