Chair of the West Midlands Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee (FWAC)

Body: Forestry Commission (FC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: West Midlands
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £2,701 per annum
Time Requirements: 10 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/06/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

FWACs provide strategic advice, expertise and challenge to the Forestry Commission on implementing forestry and woodlands policy in England as well as advocating and championing forestry interests and woodland partnership working.

The role will take up to 10 days work per annum, including:

• Chairing 3 regional FWAC meetings per year. These meetings will normally take place within the West Midlands, but occasionally in neighbouring FWAC regions when joint meetings are held.

• Twice a year the Chairs meet with the Forest Services Board, including Forestry Commissioners and senior staff, to discuss matters of particular importance.

• Liaison meetings with the NW & WM Area Director (Keith Jones) and Partnership & Expertise Manager (Donna Tavernor)

• Occasional ad hoc meetings of committees, depending on local demands

The Chair may, in addition to their FWAC role, occasionally be asked to Chair a ‘Reference Committee’ which is appointed by the Secretary of State (Defra) under Section 27 of the Forestry Act 1967 to provide advice as part of the statutory appeal process against Restocking and Enforcement Notices issued by the Forestry Commission.

(See ‘one page’ Chair Advert for full details)

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have first-hand knowledge of the strategic issues and major stakeholders in their region and the wider area and will be able to identify opportunities where forestry can help to make a difference.

To have significant experience within your field whether in the public, private or voluntary sector, or in a combination of these. You will also have strong and active networks in your field and be able to make connections to forestry and woodlands interests.

To have excellent leadership skills together with a track record of working with a range of complementary interests and expertise in a structured and outcome focussed way.

Additional Information

See General Guide and Chair Role documents attached.

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit an application form together with their CV.

Your Application form and CV should be returned to the following address by the closing date:12.00 (midday) on Thursday,20 June 2019. Email to

1_FWAC Chair Advert
2_FWAC Chair Role
3_FWAC General Guide
4_Political Activity and CoI Questionnaire
5_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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