Forests area: 313 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 20,000
Ross Bradshaw has worked in the paper manufacturing industry for more than thirty years. He began his career in manufacturing by training as a paper maker in Aberdeen. 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 including the Paper and Board Association and the Stationers’ Company, the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries, where he is a Liveryman. He is also a Trustee of the New England Trust, a West Sussex community woodland project. Currently, Ross runs his own paper agency business representing a number of speciality paper mills from the USA and Europe. He is PEFC UK’s longest serving director having joined the Board in 2007.
Contact: Ross Bradshaw
Steve Cook is the Product Improvement & Innovation Manager for Willmott Dixon Construction, one of the largest privately-owned main contractors in the UK. He has 28 years of varied experience in the construction industry having entered the industry as an apprentice carpenter. Steve joined the PEFC Board in 2013 and is our lead for the construction sector. During his time chairing the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Materials Task Group, he led the development of organisational policy to improve the procurement of timber which was adopted by its members. He is also chairman of Grown in Britain, a not for profit, industry-led and government backed organisation which aims to create a more sustainable future for the UK’s woodlands and forests.
Contact: Steve Cook
Julia Griffin is Kingfisher’s Offer and Sourcing team’s Group Wood and Paper Specialist. Kingfisher Plc operates over 1,000 stores in eleven countries in Asia and Europe. Its main retail brands are B&Q UK, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. 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 Kingfisher’s Wood and Paper Policy. She is also responsible for reporting performance to the Kingfisher Board Network, B&Q Board and BM TRADA for Chain of Custody. Julia has been the timber expert in B&Q’s Social Responsibility team for almost 14 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
Tom Hallam is Director, Business Development (Bags) for BillerudKorsnäs, a company which aims to provide sustainable packaging solutions to replace unnecessary plastics. He took up his current position in 2016, after roles at DS Smith, UPM Kymmene and Reckitt Benckiser. With thirteen years in the paper and packaging industries, Tom’s experience encompasses both market and consumer insight, and environment and innovation. In his present role, he works closely with brand owners and retailers on packaging innovations which “challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future”.
Contact: Tom Hallam
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 joint Managing 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
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 alongside Austria, as Europe’s joint 4th biggest softwood producer.
Contact Elisabeth Piveteau
John Sanderson is Head of Environment, UK & Ireland for UPM-Kymmene, a global forest products group with core businesses in printing, speciality papers, label materials, wood products and bio fuels. John has worked exclusively for UPM since graduating from the University of Wales almost thirty years ago with a degree in wood science and forestry. An increased focus on business responsibility from UPM's stakeholders has led to an unprecedented increase in need for transparency, commitment and performance. John's current role provides sustainability support and steering to UPM’s paper business, as well as support for to their UK operations and customers.
Contact: John Sanderson
Rob Shaw FICFor, CMIOSH, a graduate of Aberdeen University, has over 30 years’ experience in UK and International Forestry. He has worked in Certification since 1998, serving on the UKWAS Steering Group, and developing Certification and delivering training in countries such as Latvia, Slovakia, Ireland, China, and Japan. A qualified FM and COC Auditor, he is currently Forestry Technical Manager and H&S Advisor at Soil Association Certification. He recently completed an Executive MBA at Edinburgh University, focussing on Digital Transformation in Forestry Certification. In March 2019 he joined the Technical Committee of the Sustainable Biomass Programme.
Contact: Rob Shaw