The Forestry Commission has announced who will take the reins as Forest Management Director for the North England District. They will be responsible for the Public Forest Estate in Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Lancashire.
James Simpson, has worked for the Forestry Commission before in various roles and takes up his post in November.
“I am really excited about taking on the North England job; it’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great team and contribute to a bright future for England’s Public Forest Estate.
Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive for Forest Enterprise England, who has overall responsibility for the Public Forest Estate across the country said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to find a successor to Graham Gill, the current Forest Management Director, quickly so that we can have a smooth transition for this very important role nationally and locally.
“The North England District is important to people and the environment while supporting the local economy by boosting tourism and creating jobs. It includes the award-winning Kielder Forest, England’s largest timber producing forest; Grizedale which is internationally renowned for its outdoor sculptures; Whinlatter, England’s only mountain forest and Hamsterley, County Durham’s largest forest.
“I congratulate James who has a wealth of experience and I wish Graham all the best for his retirement. Graham has undoubtedly put Kielder Water and Forest on the map as one of the country’s finest tourist destinations and successfully managed the vital contribution of the forests in northern England to the rural economy.”