Staff and Associates

Sylva Team

Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive

Dr Gabriel Hemery co-founded Sylva Foundation with the late Sir Martin Wood in 2009, and has since led the charity as its Chief Executive.In addition to his duties as CEO, Gabriel leads on the charity’s scientific work, and supports colleagues working on forestry projects.

Richard Pigott, Head of Web Development

Richard has led the development of the Sylva Foundation’s suite of websites, marrying a keen eye for design with full stack programming skills. He has a pivotal role in developing our cutting edge web technologies with the myForest and NatureBid services.

Paul Orsi, Director of Operations

Paul is a Chartered Forester and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.He joined Sylva Foundation in 2013 from Blenheim Palace, where he managed the rural estate of 5,500ha, which included 700ha of woodland.

Joseph Bray, Head of Wood School

Joe leads the Sylva Foundation’s Wood School and describes himself as a designer, maker and teacher. He is passionate about inspiring and supporting people to become skilled craftspeople and furniture makers. He has been directly involved in the furniture industry for the past 25 years.

Oliver Price, Web Developer

Ollie joined the Sylva Foundation in 2021, after graduating from Sussex University with a BSc in Computer Sciences with Games and Multimedia Environments.

Phil Gullam, Senior Tutor

Phil joined Sylva Foundation in 2022 to support teaching at the Sylva Wood School. He previously taught at Rycotewood for a number of years, teaching various furniture-making courses.

Lucie Henwood, Finance Manager

With a background in agriculture and the wooden boat industry, Lucie joined the Sylva team in 2023 as part-time Finance Manager.

Andrew Clark, Head of Forestry

Andrew is a Bangor University Forestry graduate from a farming background with a career spanning over 25 years of public and private sector forestry throughout the UK, ranging from the uplands to the lowlands and everything in between. His experience of grants, regulations and forestry management mean he is well placed to help myForest users make the most of its capabilities, as well as helping with the development of the many other projects in the Sylva pipeline.

Christine Howard, Sylva Foundation

Christine Howard, Operations Administrator

Christine joined the Sylva team in 2023 as part-time Operations Administrator. She is a Chartered Landscape Architect and green infrastructure specialist, with a background in consultancy and public sector working.

Sylva Associates

George Dennison, Forester

George joined Sylva Foundation in 2020, after graduating from Bangor University with a Masters in Forestry with International Experience, including a year abroad at the University of British Columbia.