STRUTT & Parker has made two strategic senior hires into its forestry division, John Clegg & Co.

Edward Daniels joins as head of forestry to manage the UK-wide John Clegg & Co team. A qualified chartered accountant and previously an investment director at Gresham House Plc, Edward has spent the last ten years investing in commercial forestry and renewable energy projects.

In 2010, he joined FIM Services Limited, a small, privately owned alternative asset manager focused on commercial forestry and renewable energy. As a director, he supported the founders in the expansion, management, and eventual sale of the company to Gresham House in May 2018. 

From 1 January 2021, Simon Hart will also be joining the firm as head of forestry in Scotland and will be based in Edinburgh. Simon joins with over 30 years of experience in the Scottish forest industry having worked in forest management and particularly investment forestry with firms including Tilhill, Egger and RTS Forestry.

Edward Daniels, head of forestry UK at John Clegg & Co, said: “I am really excited to be taking on the leadership of John Clegg & Co at this pivotal time for the forestry industry. With my considerable investment experience in commercial forestry, I am in an excellent position to take on the future challenges to forestry in the UK and evaluate how natural capital can benefit our clients now and in the future.”

Simon Hart said: “These are exciting times to be in forestry. Suddenly it is not just about trees; carbon and the natural capital values associated with woodland are moving up the political agenda. Forestry has become mainstream and with the growing climate emergency, that trend is only going to accelerate over the decades to come. Opportunities abound for investors and landowners. John Clegg & Co holds a market leading position and I believe it’s an excellent time to be joining the business to help develop the services we can offer to our extensive client base.”

James Farrell, head of rural at Strutt & Parker, added: “These senior recruits show our strong commitment to forestry and represent our desire to grow the business across the UK. With these new appointments we aim to continue to deliver on the sales side but also increase our investment work, grow our asset management portfolio and make the most of the opportunities that flow from the growing interest in natural capital and woodland creation.”

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