New members to help oversee Forestry Commission Scotland

Two new non-executive members have been appointed to the body which helps Forestry Commission Scotland formulate its strategic forestry policies and advice to Ministers.

Both Jon Hollingdale, Chief Executive of the Community Woodlands Association and David Gould, a finance professional, will join the National Committee for Scotland in February this year.

Both candidates bring a wealth of expertise and experience in their chosen fields. 

Welcoming the appointments, which are on a three year term, Amanda Bryan, Chair of the National Committee for Scotland, said:

“The National Committee has a vital role to play. It assists Forestry Commission Scotland in advising Scottish Ministers and ensuring forestry policies are carried out efficiently and effectively.

“Both Jon and David are highly experienced, and their skills will be a great asset in helping Forestry Commission Scotland to discharge its duties and to develop over the coming years.”

Jon Hollingdale, currently the Chief Executive of Community Woodlands Association, has extensive forestry management and community experience over 25 years. He is a member of the National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel and helped Forest Enterprise Scotland with a recent “Health Check” on their work with communities. Mr Hollingdale is also Chair of the Highland LEADER Strategic Local Action Group.

David Gould is a finance professional and recent posts included being the Deputy to the Finance Director of NHS24 in Scotland and Head of Corporate Services for the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. He was also a non-executive on the Audit Committee for the Registers of Scotland from 2007-12. Mr Gould also brings experience in change management and social media.

Mr Gould will also take up a role within Forestry Commission Scotland’s Audit and Risk Committee, which is a sub-group of the National Committee.

For further information on The National Committee for Scotland

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.