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New Forestry Commission England hits ground running

Posted Date : 02/04/2012

The restructured Forestry Commission in England takes full effect from 2 April 2012. The Public Forest Estate is now divided in to six Districts instead of 11 and our grants, licensing and wider woodland advice works across five Areas instead of nine Regions. The main national office remains in Bristol. Full details are available online.

Much of the new structure has been working in the background already and our new administrative hubs will be developed over the next 12 months. Some customers and partners will be dealing with new people and offices and we are working hard to make contact with everyone we need to.

Simon Hodgson, Forestry Commission Chief Executive explained:

"We have dealt with a period of change like no other in the Forestry Commission's 90 year history. It has been a challenging year for us to create a smaller, more efficient organisation remaining focused on balancing the needs of people, business and the environment. We keep our core responsibilities to protect, improve and expand England's woodlands and will do things that only Government should do. Now that we're smaller, and often working across larger areas, it also means focusing our efforts where they're really going to count."


Notes to Editor

1.   The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at

2.   The restructuring is the result of Defra's commitment over the course of the Spending Review period to 2015, to reduce resource spending by 29% and capital spending by 34%.

3.   Senior management positions -

England Executive Board

Director General, Tim Rollinson
Chief Executive of Forestry Commission England, Simon Hodgson
Director Forest Enterprise England, Brian Mahony
Head of Forest Services, Richard Greenhous
Finance Director, Steve Meeks
Head of Communications, Mark Funnell
Head of Executive Office, PK Khaira
HR Business Partner, Sarah England

Area                                       Area Director
North West & West Midlands    Keith Jones, Penrith
Yorkshire & North East             Crispin Thorn, York
East & East Midlands                Steve Scott, Santon Downham
South West                             Brendan Callaghan, Exeter
South East & London               Alison Field, Bucks Horn Oak

District                                   Forest Management Director
North England                          Graham Gill, Bellingham
Yorkshire                                 Alan Eves, Pickering
Central England                        Andy Medhurst, Sherwood Pines
East England                            Jim Lyon, Santon Downham
South England                         Mike Seddon, Lyndhurst (Kevin Penfold acting)
West England                           Kevin Stannard, Coleford
Arboreta                                  Simon Toomer, Westonbirt

Media Contact: Stuart Burgess, 0117 372 1073,

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