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New Chief Executive at the National Forest Company

Tuesday, 6th January 2015

John Everitt

John Everitt has arrived in post as the new Chief Executive of the National Forest Company (NFC).  He is only the third person to hold this position since the inception of the company in 1995, and takes up the reins following the departure of Sophie Churchill at the end of last year.

John joins the NFC from his previous role as Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and had been Director of Conservation with the Wildlife Trusts nationally before taking up the Nottinghamshire post in 2008.

He arrives at the Forest at an exciting time. As forest cover approaches an average of 20% throughout the whole 200 square miles of the Forest, and over 8 million trees have been planted, the NFC has embarked on a new ten year strategy for creating and looking after The National Forest (2014-2024). The priorities are to make the most of what has been achieved over the last twenty years and to secure it for the future. Tree planting continues, with a strong emphasis on woodland management as the earliest planted woodlands reach first thinning stage.

John Everitt said: “I am delighted and privileged to be taking up the Chief Executive role with the National Forest Company, at a time of significant change and opportunity. The work to date demonstrates what can be done to use the Forest to restore the landscape, improve quality of life and support the economy, and I look forward to helping to create an exemplar forest for the nation.”

Catherine Graham-Harrison, Chair of the NFC, said: “John has heard that he has a hard act to follow but I’m confident that he will more than rise to the challenge and become the latest of the National Forest Company’s exceptional Chief Executives. He brings with him a raft of the skills and experience which NFC needs for its next stage of development. The whole team looks forward to working with him.”