Alister’s passion for trees and woodlands goes back nearly 50 years.
Starting at the Forestry Commission, before studying for a Degree in Forestry at Aberdeen University, Alister transitioned to working for a commercial forestry company in the Highlands. A change of direction, in both career and location, brought him to the South West where he remained actively involved in tree and woodland management in the public and private sectors.
In the last 40 years Alister has set his ambition to increase public awareness of the importance of trees and woodlands. After 25 years as director of his own arboricultural consultancy company, he felt the time was right to volunteer his experience in a cause close to his professional and personal heart. He became a trustee on the Board of the Forest of Avon Trust in late 2020 and Chair of the Board in 2022.
Alister has come full circle since he was involved in setting up the Forest of Avon as one of the national community forests in the late 1980’s. Working alongside such a dedicated team on the Board and Staff of The Trust at such a crucial time is a privilege and a pleasure.