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Ian HepburnIan Hepburn
Position: Chair
Ian Hepburn,Woodland Crofts & Enterprise, North West Mull CWC. Born in 1948 and brought up in the West Riding of Yorkshire, he trained as an accountant and worked in a variety of industries from Heavy Engineering to Logistics. Ian retired from a post with DHL/Exel in 2008 2 years after fulfilling a long held ambition of moving to Mull. Whilst employed by DHL/Exel he was responsible for managing the onsite roll out of information systems in many European countries. He has a significant project management experience and has been in post as the Development Manager for NWMCWC since September
2008. Ian is also a Director of Community Land Scotland and the Chair of Argyll and Isles Coast and Countryside Trust
 
Gordon Gray StephensGordon Gray Stephens
Position: Company Secretary
Gordon Gray Stephens is the Director of Scottish Native Woods, a conservation charity that aims to restore native woodlands as well as the links between people and woodlands. He is also one of the founding members and the Company Secretary of the Argyll Green Woodworkers Association (AGWA).
 
Dr Jane RosegrantDr Jane Rosegrant
Position: Director
Jane Rosegrant joined Borders Forest Trust as its Director in June 2012. She has a passion for community-based projects, woodlands and wild places. Her work background includes being a Regional Director with Voluntary Service Overseas, where she was based in the South Pacific and Sri Lanka. Before that she was with the Big Lottery Fund Scotland managing the Growing Community Assets grant stream. Even earlier than that she was Director of the Centre for Human Ecology in Edinburgh and also worked on sustainable forestry projects in the South Pacific. She has a PhD on the Rural Resettlement project in Ireland.
 
Nigel LowthropNigel Lowthrop
Position: Director
A biologist with a varied career including the 1973 Caledonian Pine Forest Survey and British Antarctic Survey. Established an agricultural fencing business with contracts including the Clan Donald Centre. In 1993 established ECONS or Economic Conservation to demonstrate that environmental land management could be as viable as intensive agriculture or
forestry using an added value business model. This led to the purchase of 34
acre Hill Holt Wood in Lincolnshire, an ancient oak woodland. Hill Holt now is a community social enterprise and registered charity employing 34 staff and turning over in excess of a million.
 
Robert BorrusoRobert Borruso
Position: Director
Robert is passionate about sustainable energy use and renewables, leading seminars on these topics all over the country. Having been involved with Kilfinan Community Forest Company since its inception in 2005, Robert is currently managing the forest housing project, the long term aim being to provide a range of affordable housing for people who want to live and work in the area.
 
Anna Lawrence Anna Lawrence
Position: Director
Anna Lawrence is a social forestry researcher based in Peebles. Having working with community forestry groups around the world, she is hugely enthusiastic about developments in Scotland, and the need to share experiences to communicate the value of community forestry here. Until 2015 she led the social research team in the Forestry Commission; before that she was based at Oxford University, and at Kew Botanic Gardens, and collaborated on social forestry projects in Bolivia, India, Philippines, Romania, among others. Returning home to Scotland, she helped to establish the Tweeddale Woodfuel Group, and contributes voluntary time to Carrifran Wildwood and Peebles Community Trust. She is self-employed and an honorary professor of forestry at Inverness College, University of Highlands and Islands.
 
 Frank Corcoran
Position: Director
 
 Pam Noble
Position: Director
 
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