THE Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has appointed five new fellows.

Dr Sallie Bailey, Michael Cresswell, Tim Hall, Duncan Park, and Dr Victoria Stokes have been given the prestigious title in recognition of their dedication, experience and achievements.

Michael is the Institute’s youngest fellow at just 32 and currently leads a team undertaking planning, harvesting and establishment on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate. Michael gained chartered status in 2018 and was awarded the Hugh Miller Award for Excellence for his Professional Membership Entry submission.

Forestry Journal: Clockwise from left: Dr Victoria Stokes, Tim Hall, Michael Cresswell and Dr Sallie BaileyClockwise from left: Dr Victoria Stokes, Tim Hall, Michael Cresswell and Dr Sallie Bailey (Image: Supplied)

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Meanwhile, Sallie leads a team of science advisors in the Scottish Government, bringing scientific evidence to the centre of decision-making and to provide oversight and assurance of science capability and activities in policy areas of environment, natural resources and agriculture.

Duncan, regional operations manager (Scotland) for the Greenbelt Group, said: “I am quite delighted to have been awarded this honour. The Institute is, and has always been, an invaluable vehicle for lifelong learning, and I shall continue to strive to be the best I can, for this Institute, the people I work for, and all my clients and customers.”


Elsewhere, Tim is head of estate and programmes with Woodland Trust Scotland, and Victoria Stokes a senior scientist (silviculture) at Forest Research. 

An ICF statement read: "We are delighted to announce that the Professional and Educational Standards Committee has promoted five new members to Fellows of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Fellowship recognises an individual’s dedication, experience and achievements and should be the ambition of all members."