Sir Harry Studholme has owned and managed forests in South West England for over 20 years. He has been a GB Forestry Commissioner since 2007 until appointed Interim Chair from January 2013 to January 2014 and then Chair in February 2014.
He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported on the future of English forestry in July 2012.
His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a quoted investment trust owning forestry across five continents.
Sir Harry was Chairman of the South West Regional Development Agency from 2009 to 2012. He chaired the Finding Sanctuary project, working with environmentalists and the fishing industry on proposals for marine conservation from 2007 to 2011. He is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University, a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and accredited Commercial Mediator (CEDAR).