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New Appointments to the National Forest Company Board

Friday, 8th April 2011

Catherine Graham-Harrison succeeds Dinah Nichols as Chair of the Company.  She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked in senior positions at Citibank and as Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  She has been a Board member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and is currently on the Board of Natural England and a member of the National Trust’s Architectural Panel.

Catherine said: 'I'm just so delighted to have been appointed as Chair of the National Forest Company which has performed so brilliantly over the last six years with Dinah Nichols and Chief Executive Sophie Churchill’s incomparable double act in leading it. For me, the Forest is a project which pulls together a great many of the things which matter most to me - and to many others, as clearly demonstrated by the level of enthusiastic support it's achieved. I’m confident that we can continue to make progress, in spite of the challenges, and much look forward to my part in that.'

The National Forest Company also welcomes Roger Clarke as a Non-executive Director. Roger has a long association with the Forest: he was Policy Director at the Countryside Commission when The National Forest was conceived and was Chief Executive of YHA for eight years up to 2008 during a time of great change, and when the hugely successful YHA National Forest was built - a flagship of environmental sustainability in the Forest.

Roger said:  ‘It is a privilege to join the National Forest Board. I think it is a great project. I was involved in the Forest from its earliest days. I helped plant the first trees in Willesley Wood nearly 20 years ago. It is exciting to see them, and many more like them, growing and transforming the landscape.'

Both Catherine and Roger have been appointed for a three year term of office.