Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

PEFC is the world's largest forest certification organisation

PEFC UK Board of Directors


Tom Hallam

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

Board Members

Steve Cook

Steve Cook is the National Product Manager for Willmott Dixon Construction, one of the largest privately-owned main contractors in the UK. He has 30 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

Maggie Fitzherbert is the Sustainable Business Advisory Manager at Zoological Society of London (ZSL), an international conservation NGO. She leads ZSL’s engagement with the business community on the sustainable production of and trade in forest-risk commodities. She is responsible for providing technical consultancy to companies and financial institutions, to mitigate deforestation risks and improve biodiversity management in supply chains and investment portfolios. Maggie has been working with the timber industry since 2017, initially with TRG providing EUTR due diligence services. Before joining ZSL, Maggie worked in the Soil Association’s Forestry team as a Senior Certification Officer, auditing chain of custody and Due Diligence Systems (DDS), delivering training and managing key client accounts. She is an environmental geochemist by background and spent her early career researching industrial contamination in UK waterways, on projects funded by Defra and others. 

Contact: Maggie Fitzherbert

Patrick Guest is Managing Director of National Timber Group England’s merchant & joinery business. National Timber Group is a fully integrated UK timber specialist with strong trading businesses in merchanting, timber systems and door set manufacturing. Its trading brands include Arnold Laver, NY Timber, Rembrand, Thornbridge, National Timber Systems and Intelligent Door Solutions. Patrick has 30 years merchanting experience in both the automotive, general & specialist building materials.  He is also a board member of Timber Development UK (TDUK) and very active within the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Contact: Patrick

Tom Hallam

Tom Hallam is the European Project Director for Packaging Consultancy at Smithers, a role that sits within the information division of Smithers’ global business.  Formerly, Tom was the founder of Brand Ethics Limited, a sustainability consultancy that helped Brand Owners and Retailers integrate better into the low carbon and circular economy.  Tom has more than fifteen years experience in the paper and packaging industries in environmental, market insight and innovation roles with; BillerudKorsnäs, DS Smith and UPM Kymmene with a further five years’ experience in consumer products with Reckitt Benckiser. 

Contact: Tom Hallam

Simon Hart

Simon Hart, FICFor, FRICS, Head of Forestry Scotland at John Clegg and Co in Edinburgh. Simon has over 30 years’ experience in the forestry sector, mainly in commercial conifers. His knowledge includes acquisitions, economic appraisals, management, valuations and carbon sequestration. He has also run group forest certification schemes and sat on the UK Woodland Assurance Standard Steering Group for many years. In 2013 Simon joined Egger Forestry to set up a forest management division; a business that was sold to RTS in 2019. Prior to 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.  In addition to his PEFC role, David is a board member of Confor, a board member of SIRT (The Strategic Integrated Research in Timber), a member of EGTTS (Expert Group on Timber Trade Statistics) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Contact: David Leslie

Elisabeth Piveteau

Elisabeth Piveteau is UK & Ireland Director at PiveteauBois, one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber solutions for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors. Elisabeth has over 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 and commodity timber products in the UK and Ireland while raising awareness of France, alongside Austria, as Europe’s joint 4th biggest softwood producer. 

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Rob Shaw

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 audits and training in countries such as Chile, Latvia, Slovakia, Ireland, China, Portugal and Japan. A qualified Forest Management, Chain of Custody Auditor and Trainer, he is currently Forestry Technical Manager at Soil Association Certification.  He is also Chair of the Technical Committee of the Sustainable Biomass Programme.

Contact: Rob Shaw