Biography

From a farming background, Chris has been involved with land management for most of his life. Already working in farming, forestry and grounds maintence, he began studying part time towards his forestry degree with the National School of Forestry in 2003. Whilst studying, Chris worked for the Forestry Commission, National Trust and as a self employed forestry contractor where he developed a strong practical skill set working in harvesting, establishment, arboriculture and estate maintenance work.

Upon Graduating he moved into managing forest operations for  Forest Enterprise England and as a self employed manager. In these roles he worked on a number of challenging projects including harvesting on extermly difficult/ steep ground, large scale restocking of commercial conifer and native species and implementing tree safety programmes in very busy recreation areas. During this time Chris developed a particular interest in the use of GIS and the productive management of small woodlands- interests which he continues to focus on in his role with the University.

With 15 years experience within the forest industry, Chris joined the National School of Forestry at the Univertsity of Cumbria in 2017 and now leads on modules covering GIS, policy and forest operations management.

Qualifications and memberships

BSc (Hons) Forestry

Associate member of the ICF

Academic and research interests

The application of GIS and Remote sensing in forestry and land management to increase productivity and improve planning and decision making.

Land use planning and and the challenges of woodland creation and bringing small woodlands into active management.

Harvesting and wood utilisation.