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The Strategic Board of Forestry & Land Scotland provide support and advice to the Chief Executive, making the important decisions that keep us on track to meet FLS’s Corporate Outcomes set out in our Corporate Plan.

Our collective experience and expertise is complemented with support from three non-executive advisors, appointed for their specialist skills and knowledge.

We are excited about the opportunities for Scotland, our new agency and the role we can play alongside our Scottish Government colleagues in tackling the climate emergency, encouraging economic growth and supporting healthy and flourishing communities.

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Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive
Simon Hodgson (Chairperson) - Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Simon is committed to ensuring the forestry sector meets the highest standards in the interests of all its employees and contractors. Simon joined the Forestry Commission in 2005 as Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise England managing all its forests and commercial activities. Between 2011 and 2013 he was also Chief Executive of Forestry Commission England.

Graeme Hutton, Director of Business Services
Graeme Hutton - Director of Business Services

Graeme is accountable for a number of key service areas including Human Resources, Digital Services, Finance & Procurement, Learning & Development, Fleet & Buildings, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Records and Data Protection. Graeme, a qualified accountant, has previously worked for the Scottish Government Rural Economy Directorate, the Scottish Prison Service Agency and the National Health Service. He enjoys sports, runs to keep fit and likes spending time with his family and two dogs.

Michael Hymers, Director of Corporate Services
Michael Hymers - Director of Corporate Services

Since 2010, Michael has overseen the development of our capability as a standalone agency. Corporate Services has responsibility for managing corporate projects & change; comms & branding; corporate governance; and managing FLS’s relationship with others. His first permanent post in the Commission was managing the Direct Production Harvesting fleet. He also held a series of Delivery posts including Forest District Manager. He is the second generation of foresters in his family.

John Mair, Director of Estate Development
John Mair - Director of Estate Development

Estate Development is responsible for managing, expanding and developing Forestry & Land Scotland's landholdings through Land Agency and Agriculture, Acquisitions and Disposals, Renewables projects and Commercial Development. Prior to working for Forest Enterprise Scotland and subsequently FLS, John’s career has spanned property finance, commercial property investment and commercial development across the UK.

Trefor Owen, Director of Land Management
Trefor Owen - Director of Land Management

Trefor is responsible for leading Forestry & Land Scotland’s sustainable forest and land management activities. Trefor was Director of Forestry Commission Wales in 2013 when he oversaw the devolution of forestry in Wales. He spent 3 years away from the Forestry Commission to help establish Natural Resources Wales, a new environmental protection and management body, before taking up his current role with Forestry & Land Scotland in 2016.

Mark Pountain Web
Mark Pountain - Non Executive Advisor

Mr Pountain’s career spans service with the army, private, public and third sectors and includes international experience, business and management consulting. He has recent experience as a non-executive for Forestry Commission England.

Lisa Tennant Web
Lisa Tennant - Non Executive Advisor

Ms Tennant brings varied public and private sector experience and has served on numerous Boards. She is currently a board member of NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the Energy and Communications Ombudsman and the Scottish Land Fund. She has also been appointed as an Ambassador for Women on Boards.

Pamela Zielinski Web
Pamela Zielinski - Non Executive Advisor

Ms Zielinski has international business experience including senior HR and Sustainability expertise at HSBC, SSE, Diageo, Carillion and teaching at the University of Stirling. She is currently working as a coach and consultant in Organisational Development and Sustainability.


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