Dr Helen McKay OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Forester for Scotland. In her new role, she will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters to Scottish Government Ministers.

The Chief Forester is an officer appointed to assist and advise the Scottish Ministers in the carrying out of their functions under the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018. 

The role of Chief Forester for Scotland:

  • Is to be a trusted source of technical and professional expertise and advice for Scottish Ministers’ on forestry matters.
  • To act as the ‘Head of Profession’ for forestry staff in Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland (and the wider public sector) with a responsibility for promoting and maintaining professional standards.
  • Works with professional bodies and the wider sector to promote and grow the profession of forestry in Scotland.