Forestry Commissioner

Julia Grant



Julia Grant has held leadership roles in global consulting firms, insurance and the social sector in a career spanning thirty years. She has deep experience of the link between the business and non-business worlds and including investing for impact. She is currently Chief Executive of Pro Bono Economics, a charity helping other charities and social enterprises to understand and improve their impact. Prior to this she held leadership positions at Impetus the Private Equity Foundation, The National Gardens Scheme and Surrey Community Action (the rural community council for Surrey), where she built on her longstanding in interest in landscape, heritage and the environment.

She has extensive non- executive and board experience including a Ministerial Appointment at the Learning and Skills Council Surrey (where she served on the Audit and Diversity Committees) and Chair of the regional body for the voluntary and community sector in the South East. She currently serves as a Council Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and sits on the Advisory Board of Big Society Capital. Charity Board roles have included Shelter, and the Community Foundation for Surrey where she is a Trustee.

She read Politics Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and holds an MBA from London Business School.

Forestry Commissioner

Forestry Commissioners have a number of specific statutory duties and powers, summarised in the Forestry Act as:

  • promoting the interests of forestry
  • the development of afforestation
  • the production and supply of timber and other forest products

In practice, these mainly relate to providing incentives (grants), regulation though controls on felling, plant health issues and managing the public forest estate.

The Commissioners have a legal duty to seek a reasonable balance between the production and supply of timber and the interests of conservation. In promoting the multiple benefits of forestry, they also seek to take careful account of people’s needs and wishes, including local communities.