Louise Simpson has 20 years’ experience in evidence gathering, policy development, strategy, campaigning, stakeholder engagement, fund-raising and people management.

Ms Simpson started her professional career in marketing and business training and has headed up a number of multi-organisation initiatives, promoting the benefits of teamwork and partnership relations. Most recently she was policy and research director for the Army Families Federation for whom she worked for almost 12 years.

“It is a very important time for forestry and arboriculture as the benefits of trees move up the political, environmental and social agenda in the UK so I am delighted to be joining the Institute at this time,” she said.