Forests area: 264 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 15,804

PEFC UK Board of Directors


Hugh Miller

Hugh Miller graduated in forestry from the University of Aberdeen in 1964.

For the next two decades he led research into forest biogeochemistry at the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research, during which time he published extensively and in 1981 was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

In 1984 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry in the University of Aberdeen, retiring in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and was President from 1994 to 1996 In 2007, the Institute awarded him its Medal. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1985.

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Board Members

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Ross Bradshaw, has worked in the paper manufacturing industry for over 25 years. Working in heavy industry while living in a rural setting, led to an early interest in the effects of the paper making industry on the environment and the positive role it plays. He has worked with a number of industry groups within both the Paper Agents' Association and Stationers Company, the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries, where he is a Liveryman. Currently Ross has his own paper agency business representing a number of speciality paper mills from the USA and Europe, offering bespoke publishing and packaging papers. He is one of the UK's longest serving directors, joining the Board in July 2007.

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Pat Burke Pat Burke works at Prowood as Business Development Manager. Prowood Limited is an independent, privately owned importer, sawmiller and distributor of high quality Softwoods and Hardwoods. Pat's timber trade experience is eclectic, having held previous senior positions encompassing all timber product sectors. Pat has chaired the UK Timber Trade Federation's National Softwood Division and also the North East Timber Trade Association. He has also held positions within Forests Forever and various TTF commodity committees as well as serving on the Boards of the British Woodworking Federation, Proskills and the Wood Industry Training Board

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Steve Cook is a Principal Sustainable Development Manager for Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability consultancy Re-Thinking. His role involves providing technical and practical support on materials, carbon, waste and sustainable procurement to all divisions within the Willmott Dixon Group. Steve, who has twenty four years’ experience in the construction industry, also chairs the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Materials Task Group which, through engagement with the construction industry, is helping its members to develop organisational policy to improve the procurement of materials. He is also a Scheme Council member of the Eco-Reinforcement, responsible sourcing scheme and co-chair of Grown in Britain.

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Julia Griffin is a member of B&Q’s Social Responsibility team and her area of expertise is timber and peat. B&Q is a UK home improvement retailer, owned by Kingfisher PLC. Julia works with the Commercial, Quality Assurance teams and suppliers to monitor timber and forest products sourced by the business to ensure they meet the requirements of B&Q’s Timber & Paper Policy & Buying standard. She is also responsible for reporting performance to the B&Q Board, the Kingfisher Board Network and BM TRADA for Chain of Custody. Julia has been the timber expert in B&Q’s Social Responsibility team for nine years and has first-hand experience of the practicalities and challenges associated with implementing and adhering to a responsible timber sourcing policy.

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David Leslie is General Manager, Harvesting & Operations for James Jones and Sons Ltd, Scotland's largest independent sawmiller and one of the leading suppliers of British timber in the UK. He is responsible for the Group's roundwood procurement, sawmill co-products and haulage. In addition to his PEFC role, David is a member of the Grampian Forestry Forum, a board member of SIRT (The Strategic Integrated Research in Timber), a member of both the institute of Chartered Foresters and the steering group of the Forest Industry Safetly Accord (FISA). David was appointed to the PEFC board in January 2012.

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John Sanderson is Director, Head of Environment, UK & Ireland for UPM-Kymmene, a global forest products group with core businesses in printing papers, speciality papers, label materials and wood products. John has worked exclusively for UPM since graduating from the University of Wales over twenty years ago with a degree in wood science and forestry. Increasing environmental focus and concern from UPM's customers has led to an unprecedented increase in demand for environmental education, commitment and performance from suppliers. John's current role provides environmental support and steering to UPM's UK activities, including paper production, paper sales, forestry and waste paper procurement.

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Rob Shaw, FICFor, CMIOSH, graduated from Aberdeen University in 1988 and joined Scottish Woodlands Ltd. In 1998 he helped achieved FSC Resource and Group Scheme Management status for the Company, a first within the UK. Between 1999 and 2002 he carried out international Certification Consultancy work in Latvia, and Slovakia. Currently he runs his consultancy and retains an active interest in all UK Forest Certification issues and is the UK Coordinator for CANZUS - an international owners and producers group which promotes practical solutions for Certification issues globally.

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Mark Weatherbed joined the PEFC Board in January 2008, representing the UK paper and print industry sectors. He has held senior procurement positions in a number of global businesses from the publishing, outsourcing, consultative and packaging industry sectors, as head of raw materials sourcing. Mark has been a key instigator and driver of sustainable programmes in many prominent private and public sector contracts. He Currently serves as Procurement Director, Head of Raw Materials, Europe for DS Smith.

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