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 15 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 the Founder of Brand Ethics Limited, a sustainability consultancy that helps Brand Owners and Retailers integrate better into the low carbon and circular economy. Brand Ethics provides advice and expertise on how to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains. Tom has spent fifteen years 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, 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 and valuations. He has also run group forest certification schemes and sits on the UK Woodland Assurance Standard Steering Group. 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. He is responsible for the Group’s roundwood procurement, co-products and logistics as well as for the company’s Northern sawmills at Mosstodloch, Aboyne and Kirriemuir. 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 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 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 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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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 and H&S Advisor at Soil Association Certification. He is also Chair of the Technical Committee of the Sustainable Biomass Programme.
Contact: Rob Shaw