Central Scotland Forestry Forum

Meeting minutes

Forum members

David Henderson-Howat – Chairperson

  • A graduate of Edinburgh University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources,
  • David spent most of his working life with the Forestry Commission - mainly in Scotland, where he was the Commission’s Deputy Director until he retired in 2013
  • Former head of the Scottish Government’s Agricultural and Rural Development Division and has, at different times, served on the Boards of the Central Scotland Forest Trust and the Central Scotland Green Network
  • Early career included work in Thetford Forest; managed a pine and eucalyptus forest in Swaziland; and was Forest District Manager in Aberfoyle
  • Currently President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and undertakes consultancy work for the United Nations Forum on Forests and FAO

Steve Luker, Glasgow (Economic)

  • Managing Director of Steve Luker Associates Ltd which was established in 2004 and provides independent consulting services associated with renewable energy technologies, biomass heat and CHP, wood fuels and sustainable development
  • In 2009 was appointed as the Mid Scotland regional forest industries cluster facilitator

Tim Hall, Edinburgh (Environmental)

  • Chartered Forester
  • A strong interest and over 20 years experience in urban forestry. Have presented at a number of national and international urban forestry conferences
  • Head of Operations, Woodland Trust Scotland, with an overview of management of all Woodland Trust sites in Scotland and policy formulation on forestry matters
  • Trustee, Sustainable Forestry SCIO

Guy Wedderburn, Perth (Economic)

  • Managing Director, Guy Wedderburn, Creative Management Solutions
  • Director, Callendar Estate (Biomass) Ltd
  • Managing estates in central Scotland
  • Experience managing the urban edge and access networks
  • Former SNH area board member
  • Authored number of strategic land use documents

Chris Alcorn, (Social)

  • Principal Planner, West Lothian Council
  • Local Authority experience for 28 years in local development plans and land use planning
  • Former Officer Designate Board member of Central Scotland Forest Trust
  • Officer member of Pentland Hills Regional Park Joint Committee
  • Member of Lothian & Fife Green Network Partnership
  • MA Hons Geography and MembershipRoyalTown Planning Institute

Meriel Young, Edinburgh (Social)

  • Freelance consultant in urban forestry development (site design, user experience and infrastructure) and outdoor destination marketing
  • Chartered Marketer and BA in Recreation Management
  • Previous ministerial appointed board member of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, 2002-2010
  • Wide experience in land use planning policy, corporate strategy, community planning and social regeneration, health promotion, sustainable transport and environmental education
  • Owner of Run Edinburgh Ltd operating scheduled and customised running tours

Dr Stephen Garvin (Economic)

  • Construction Director of BRE Scotland
  • Extensive experience in research, consultancy, testing and certification activities related to the built environment
  • Coordinator of 4.5 million European(FP7) project on Flood Resilience-SMARTeST(2010 to 2013)
  • Member of the Building Standards Advisory committee 2005-2010 (public appointment by Scottish Government) and convenor of working Group on Environment and Safety for changes to regulations in 2010 and 2013
  • Director of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group (1999-2009)
  • Member of various European research consortia and British Standards committees

Guy Watt (Economic)

  • Managing Director of John Clegg Consulting Ltd who are Business, Economic & Rural Development Consultants
  • Chartered Forester & Fellow of the Institute
  • Forest Economist with a forest management company for 10 years
  • Partner with a firm of Forestry Surveyors, Valuers and Consultants for 13 years
  • Completed a wide range of consultancy assignments that include woodland investment, wood processing, wood energy, economic development and urban forestry
  • Chair, CSGN Woodland Expansion Steering Group
  • Chair, FCS' Timber Development Programme
  • Member, Scottish Forest & Timber Technologies Industry Leadership Group
  • Trustee of the Falklands Estate Trust, Fife
  • Director, Scotland's Finest Woods Awards
  • Former Chairman of the Scottish Forestry Trust and former Vice Chairman of the Central Scotland Forest Trust

Sue Hilder (Social)

  • Outdoor Access Officer, Glasgow City Council
  • Former Vice Chair, BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers – now TCV) UK Board, plus 16 years as a trustee. Current TCV Ambassador
  • 22 years working in Outdoor Access, including for NFUS, various local & National Park authorities and the National Access Forum
  • Previous South West Scotland Public Affairs
    Manager for RSPB Scotland
  • Secretary of Scottish Outdoor Access Network
  • Former non-executive director, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Greenspace Trust
  • MA Fine Art (Environmental Sculpture) 

Robin Edgar (Environmental) 

  • Lead Officer (Development Strategy) in Fife Council
  • Member of TAYplan and SESplan Steering Groups
  • Responsibility for Local Development Plan policy and implementation
  • Experience through involvement in creation of Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Forestry Framework
  • Personal and professional interest in Forestry and Green Networks
  • 18 year experience in Strategic Environmental Planning in England and Scotland

Stuart Tait (Environmental)

  • Manager of the Glasgow and ClydeValley Strategic Development Planning Authority
  • Board Member of the Glasgow and ClydeValley Green Network Partnership
  • Board Member of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan
  • Member of the Glasgow and ClydeValley Community Planning Partnership
  • 25 years local government experience with 14 years experience in strategic planning in Scotland
  • Director of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust

Mark Hamilton, West Lothian (Environmental)

  • Proprietor of Mark Hamilton Landscape Services, which has undertaken numerous woodland management and woodland design projects within Central Scotland, for a wide range of public, private, and third sector clients
  • Thirty years of experience in multiple purpose, forestry related projects, including employment with Central Scotland Countryside Trust and the Wise Group, as well as almost 20 years with MHLS
  • Chartered Forester

Paul Sizeland Environmental)

  • EU Life Project Manager with SNH restoring habitats on wetland, peatland, brownfield and riparian sites across central Scotland
  • Previous Manager; Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership
  • 10 years in rural Nepal for DFID, DANIDA, VSO and Britain Nepal Medical Trust, managing community forestry and rural development projects.
  • 10 years Aberdeen Tree Nurseries (now Christie Elite) Tilhill, Tayside Native Woodlands, Confor and as a trees and woodlands contractor
  • 10 years Business consultant with SEPA, and manager at Sniffer (aka Scotland & Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research) covering climate change, urban sustainability, environment and health
  • BSc Aberdeen Forestry, MSc Edinburgh Resource Management

Alan Motion (Environmental)

  • Director, Alan Motion Tree Consulting Ltd, specialising in arboriculture and urban forestry consultancy throughout the UK, based in Stirlingshire
  • A graduate of Aberdeen University Department of Forestry, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association and a Chartered Environmentalist
  • A career spanning 30 years, in local authority tree management, private land management, and private consultancy, with a strong focus on trees in the planning system
  • Served as Chairman of the Examinations Board and member of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (2011-2016)
  • Former Council Member, ICF

Douglas Worrall (Social)

  • Graduate of Edinburgh University (BSc hons, Forestry) and Chartered Forester (MICFor)
  • Employee of Central Scotland Green Network Trust (and predecessor body, Central Scotland Forest Trust) 1998 to present. Various roles including Project Manager, Estates Manager, Woodland Creation Manager and now Head of Delivery. Primarily involved in community and urban woodland creation and management. Overall responsibility for delivery of programme of project work and for management of land holdings (including purchase, sale and development)
  • Judge for Scotland’s Finest Woods Award
  • Member of CSGN Woodland Expansion Steering Group