Stuart Goodall, Confor CEO, said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Duncan as our new Chair after a competitive process which attracted a very high calibre of candidates.
"Ian has wide-ranging experience, is politically well-connected and brings a valuable new perspective to Confor’s work. I look forward to welcoming him as Confor strengthens its team and modernises its governance to better represent members and focus on the significant opportunities ahead for our industry."
Lord Duncan, 47, who is also Chair of the National Forest Company, said: "I'm excited to be taking up this appointment at a time when the forestry and wood industry has such a vital role to play, in leading a Green Recovery from Covid-19 and delivering our climate change targets.
"The industry is worth £2 billion annually to the UK economy and employs more than 50,000 people - and has real potential for further growth.
"I have been very impressed by the professionalism, focus and drive of the Confor team, and their desire to deliver a range of economic, environmental and social benefits by planting and managing trees, and using more home-grown wood."
Lord Duncan was appointed a working peer in 2017 and his previous roles included Minister for Climate Change, with responsibility for international negotiations.