Dr Roger Cooper (chair)
Roger has worked in the forestry sector for 45 years starting as a forest economist with the New Zealand Forest Service. He then moved to Bangor University where he was a senior lecturer in forest products and also served as Head of School. Since retiring from the university he has worked with Forestry Commission Wales and chairs its Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel and is a member of the FCW National Committee. From 1996 -2000 Roger was a member of the SGS Qualifor Certification Council and since 2009 has chaired the UK Woodland Assurance Standard’s Interpretation Panel. He is a trustee of Coed Cymru cyf and has served as a trustee of Proforest Initiative since 2010.
Robert is a retired Civil Servant who specialised in Government procurement. During the latter stages of his career he was involved in trying to match procurement with sustainable development and this led to him taking charge of implementing Government policy on the purchase of timber from legal and sustainable sources. Robert helped create the Central Point of Expertise on Timber Procurement (CPET) which in turn helped to generate international interest in and recognition of the UK's efforts to attack illegal logging and foster responsible forest management through sustainable procurement practice. He has been a Proforest Initiative trustee since 2010.
Dr David Brown
David was a Research Fellow of the Climate Change, Environment and Forests Programme at the ODI from 1996-2009, and since retiring, has retained an association with the Institute as a Senior Research Associate. He is also a Research Associate of the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Previously, David lectured in development studies at Reading University (1987-96) and was OXFAM's Regional Representative for Coastal West Africa (1983-7). A social anthropologist by training, he has worked throughout the tropics, with a focus on anglophone and francophone West and Central Africa. His doctoral research was in Liberia, where he is still working, thanks to a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Research Fellowship. He has been a trustee of the Proforest Initiative since its foundation in 2010.