First elected 2005, re-elected 2008. From Shropshire Woodland Officer with Shropshire County Council, now Arboricultural Officer with the unitary Shropshire Council. Former Board member of the Heartwoods subsidiary company. Member of Personnel sub committee.
From Herefordshire – Works with the Herefordshire Nature Trust and makes a vital link with the Wildlife Trusts nationally.
Living in glorious West Wales I steer the Trust’s work in Wales and manage the staff team, currently 16 people. Our team includes people responsible for looking after all our woods in Wales, others who work with other landowners to restore ancient woods and create new native woodland, and those who are involved in engaging with the public and policy makers.
I started with the Trust more than 20 years ago as its first woodland manager in Wales. This was in days before computers and the internet and the Woodland Trust was a small organisation that purchased woods to stop them being cleared for development or farming. These days agreeing collaborations with other organisations is a major part of my work , as is trying to establish a more resilient future for trees and woodland through more sustainable economic and agricultural policies. You can follow me on Twitter @jerrylangford1.
Based in Bristol, but with a small woodland in the Brecon Beacons, Chris has had a varied career in engineering and manufacturing including with Rolls Royce and Hewlett Packard. More recently he started a company making school furniture and has run a high end joinery which was a member of the British Woodworking Federation and a founder member of the Wood Window Alliance.
Aly is the co-owner of the Herefordshire based company ‘Say It With Wood’. She is a qualified and experienced forester as well as managing a team at their timber yard, producing multiple fencing and garden products. Aly also plays an active role in managing an ancient woodland near Hereford which she co-owns.
Alastair is a chartered forester working as a senior harvesting and forest manager for Flintshire Woodlands as part of Scottish Woodlands Ltd. His role includes carrying out woodland management and timber harvesting on behalf of a range of clients and woodland owners over some 10,000 acres throughout Wales and central England. Since his degree in Forestry was obtained from Bangor University in 2002 Alastair has worked with Scottish Woodlands moving from assistant forest manager to his present role. Over the period he has picked up a wealth of experience across the full range of forest management.
Beverly has worked for thirty years in the public sector, most recently as a senior manager in three further education colleges based in Shropshire and the West Midlands. As a qualified accountant, Beverly has wide experience of financial and human resource management, information services, IT, quality systems, estates and health and safety. She became the Treasurer for Small Woods in 2016 and is also the Finance Director (Trustee) for a Multi Academy Trust and Co-Director of a company specialising in management consultancy.
After many years in academia I did a forestry Masters at Bangor then, following a period volunteering and then project work with BTCV (as it was then) I started employment with SWA in 2000 in the West Midlands then Wales managing projects aiming to educate people about the benefits of well managed woodlands. In 2005 I left to work with Groundwork as community projects manager then as technical manager for the Community Spaces grant scheme. In 2008 I rejoined SWA as Membership Services Manager until retiring in late 2016.
SWA members are a diverse, interesting and knowledgable bunch, and it has been a privilege to meet or otherwise communicate with probably half of the membership over the years. I was delighted to be invited to become a Trustee, and I will use my experience and knowledge to help steer SWA in its aim to promote the sustainable management of our smaller woodlands.