Peter Latham announced as non-executive commissioner to Forestry Commission England

DEFRA has announced the appointment of Peter Latham as one of three new non-executive commissioners to Forestry Commission England.

The three-year appointment commenced on 1 April 2019.

A former chairman of PEFC UK, Peter is currently the chair of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification International (PEFC), a director of Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) and a trustee of the Commonwealth Forestry Association.

Previous CEO and chairman of James Latham Plc, he will bring his extensive knowledge of the timber industry and experience of successful stakeholder engagement on an international level, to the role.

The Forestry Commission (FC) is a non-Ministerial Government department established almost a hundred years with a Great Britain-wide remit. In 2013, Natural Resources Wales took over most of the FC’s functions in Wales, and the Scottish Government will take over FC’s functions in Scotland this year. So, the focus of the Forestry Commission’s work is now primarily in England.

The other appointments were Jennie Price, a former CEO of WRAP and Sport England and Liz Philip, a former principal of two agricultural colleges, including Newton Rigg in Cumbria which was established as the National School of Forestry in 1969. These newly-appointed commissioners will play a key role in establishing a strong, sustainable future for the organisation, as it lays the foundations for the next 100 years of forestry in England.


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