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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 www.forestry.gov.uk/england
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 BoardDirector General, Tim RollinsonChief Executive of Forestry Commission England, Simon HodgsonDirector Forest Enterprise England, Brian MahonyHead of Forest Services, Richard GreenhousFinance Director, Steve MeeksHead of Communications, Mark FunnellHead of Executive Office, PK KhairaHR Business Partner, Sarah EnglandArea Area DirectorNorth West & West Midlands Keith Jones, PenrithYorkshire & North East Crispin Thorn, YorkEast & East Midlands Steve Scott, Santon DownhamSouth West Brendan Callaghan, ExeterSouth East & London Alison Field, Bucks Horn OakDistrict Forest Management DirectorNorth England Graham Gill, BellinghamYorkshire Alan Eves, PickeringCentral England Andy Medhurst, Sherwood PinesEast England Jim Lyon, Santon DownhamSouth England Mike Seddon, Lyndhurst (Kevin Penfold acting)West England Kevin Stannard, ColefordArboreta Simon Toomer, Westonbirt
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