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Highland Birchwoods welcomes new board members

05 February 2013

We're delighted to announce that the Highland Birchwoods board has two new members: Doug Lamont, who brings decades of experience working with forestry in the Highlands to the role; and Archie Prentice, whose diverse background working in the environmental sector will also be a great asset to the board. We're looking forward to working closely with Archie and Doug as we steer Highland Birchwoods into its 21st year of operations, and beyond.

Doug Lamont, Wood Fibre Procurement Manager based in Inverness for the wood panel manufacturer Norbord from 1987 until his retirement in 2012, previously worked in various locations in Scotland and England, as a qualified forester for Tilhill Forestry and also as a forestry contractor. In addition he had a four year spell with the Forestry Commission. Prior to choosing a career in forestry Doug spent six years in marketing and marketing research. During his forestry career Doug was Chairman of the North East Forestry Training Action Group, a Director of Grampian Woodlands, Secretary of the United Kingdom Wood Processing Association, sat on the Cairngorms Working Party and advised on Highland Council's Indicative Forestry Strategies. He is a member of the Highland & Islands Forestry Cluster steering committee and sits on the Highland Timber Transport Group.

Archie Prentice runs successful environmental services businesses Practically Green and Carbon Diagnostics. These aim to help clients engage with practical environmental management activity and the emerging low carbon agenda. He has a growing portfolio of clients including national and regional Government funded agencies, UK Government funded and NGO international activity, the Carbon Trust and a range of regional private and community sector clients. He works with a growing number of clients on a retained basis. Prior to this Archie was employed in Highlands and Islands Enterprise for 13 years. Initially as the organisation’s lead economist Archie was involved in the appraisal of significant projects and provided input to large national research projects and studies. He was seconded to Scottish Natural Heritage, the Government’s natural heritage advisor between 2002 and 2005 to help the agency improve its capacity to engage with socio-economic issues. Returning to HIE after his secondment he was appointed the organisation’s first Sustainability and Environment Manager. Archie has an MSc from Aberdeen University and a MBA from the Open University. He is an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Highland Birchwoods is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (no. 142892).

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