Print page print this page


Director of Development takes up post
 Share this article on


Simon Lloyd takes up his post as Director of Development at the Royal Forestry Society’s new headquarters near Banbury

Date Issued: 10 December 2012


Simon Lloyd has taken up his role as the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) first Director of Development, with a pledge to ensure that the RFS plays a key role in national debates which impact on the nation’s woodland and trees.

He says: “Trees and woodlands have risen fast up the national agenda this year and 2013 promises to be a busy and exciting year for all of us, with plenty of opportunity for the RFS to add its well-respected voice to the debate and provide practical, balanced and timely advice to its members.”

Simon, 54, is based at the RFS headquarters at The Hay Barns, Home Farm Drive, Upton Estate at Banbury.

He adds: “This is a fascinating time to be working in the forestry sector with a resurgence of national interest in woodlands as an immensely valuable and underexploited economic, social and environmental resource.

“It is also interesting to see some of the conventional thinking on silvicultural practice challenged by the increasing threat of tree disease and the prospect of climate change.”

For the past four years Simon was Bursar of Hertford College, Oxford, where he played a leading role in strengthening the College’s finances. Prior to that Simon had a twenty-eight year career in BP, mainly in business development and marketing strategy, culminating in a senior position within BP Castrol.

As well as being a long-standing member of the RFS, Simon manages his family’s woodlands in Herefordshire and was recently awarded Merit in the post-graduate Diploma in Forestry from Bangor University.