Forests area: 313 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 20,000
Ross Bradshaw, has worked in the paper manufacturing industry for over 25 years. Working in heavy industry while living in a rural setting, led to an early interest in the effects of the paper making industry on the environment and the positive role it plays. He has worked with a number of industry groups within both the Paper Agents' Association and Stationers Company, the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries, where he is a Liveryman. Currently Ross has his own paper agency business representing a number of speciality paper mills from the USA and Europe, offering bespoke publishing and packaging papers. He is one of the UK's longest serving directors, joining the Board in July 2007.
Contact: Ross Bradshaw
Steve Cook is a Principal Sustainable Development Manager for Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability consultancy Re-Thinking. His role involves providing technical and practical support on materials, carbon, waste and sustainable procurement to all divisions within the Willmott Dixon Group. Steve, who has twenty four years’ experience in the construction industry, also chairs the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Materials Task Group which, through engagement with the construction industry, is helping its members to develop organisational policy to improve the procurement of materials. He is also a Scheme Council member of the Eco-Reinforcement, responsible sourcing scheme and co-chair of Grown in Britain.
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Julia Griffin is a member of B&Q’s Social Responsibility team and her area of expertise is timber and peat. B&Q is a UK home improvement retailer, owned by Kingfisher PLC. Julia works with the Commercial, Quality Assurance teams and suppliers to monitor timber and forest products sourced by the business to ensure they meet the requirements of B&Q’s Timber & Paper Policy & Buying standard. She is also responsible for reporting performance to the B&Q Board, the Kingfisher Board Network and BM TRADA for Chain of Custody. Julia has been the timber expert in B&Q’s Social Responsibility team for nine years and has first-hand experience of the practicalities and challenges associated with implementing and adhering to a responsible timber sourcing policy.
Contact: Julia Griffin
Simon Hart, FICFor, FRICS, joined Egger Forestry in 2013 to head up a new forest management division offering the full range of forestry services to private owners in the north of England and Scotland.
Simon brings over 30 years’ experience in the forestry world, mainly in commercial conifers. His knowledge includes, acquisitions, economic appraisals, management and valuations. He also runs Egger’s forest certification scheme and sits on the UK Woodland Assurance Standard Steering Group. Prior to joining Egger, Simon worked for UPM Tilhill, mainly in forestry investment, but since 2000 he also audited woodlands to the UKWAS standard. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Foresters and RICS and is a Registered Valuer.
Contact: Simon Hart
David Leslie is a Director of James Jones and Sons Ltd, Scotland’s largest independent sawmiller and one of the leading suppliers of British timber in the UK. He is responsible for the Group’s roundwood procurement, co-products and logistics. In addition to his PEFC role, David is a member of the Grampian Forestry Forum, a board member of SIRT (The Strategic Integrated Research in Timber), a member of EGTTS (Expert Group on Timber Trade Statistics), the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the steering group of the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA). David was appointed to the PEFC UK Board in January 2012.
Contact: David Leslie
Anders Olsson has nearly 20 year’s industry experience in the global consumer packaging sector. He is currently Commercial Director for the UK and Ireland and Strategic Account Lead with WestRock, the corrugated and consumer packaging specialist which was formed when MeadWestvaco merged with RockTenn in 2015.
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Elisabeth Piveteau is UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber solutions for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors. Elisabeth comes to the family company with 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets, having worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland as well as raise the awareness of France as Europe’s joint 4th biggest softwood producer with Austria.
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John Sanderson is Director, Head of Environment, UK & Ireland for UPM-Kymmene, a global forest products group with core businesses in printing papers, speciality papers, label materials and wood products. John has worked exclusively for UPM since graduating from the University of Wales over twenty years ago with a degree in wood science and forestry. Increasing environmental focus and concern from UPM's customers has led to an unprecedented increase in demand for environmental education, commitment and performance from suppliers. John's current role provides environmental support and steering to UPM's UK activities, including paper production, paper sales, forestry and waste paper procurement.
Contact: John Sanderson
Rob Shaw, FICFor, CMIOSH, graduated from Aberdeen University in 1988 and joined Scottish Woodlands Ltd. In 1998 he helped achieve FSC Resource and Group Scheme Management status for the Company, a first within the UK. Between 1999 and 2002 he carried out international Certification Consultancy work in Latvia, and Slovakia. He is currently working in the Forestry Technical Team at Soil Association, helping to develop their systems and maintain Soil Association as a leading Certification Body for FSC and PEFC schemes worldwide. He also started a part-time Executive MBA at the University of Edinburgh in September 2016.
Contact: Rob Shaw