We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Orsi to a new position in Sylva as our Director for Forestry & Rural Enterprise.
Paul joins us from Blenheim Palace where he managed the rural estate which included seven hundred hectares of woodland. Paul is a Chartered Forester, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and recently completed a MSc in Land Management at Harper Adams University. His professional experience encompasses forestry, farming, conservation and rural enterprise, including the application and management of one of the largest agri-environmental schemes in the country. With Sylva he will be taking a lead role in the myForest service and other forestry projects, liaising closely with core partners and woodland owners, and developing new activities relating to business enterprise.
“I am delighted to be joining Sylva at this exciting period in the organisation’s development. I have worked with the team at Sylva on several collaborative projects over the last four years, including the British Woodlands survey, OneOak and myForest, and have always been impressed by their enthusiasm and professionalism. After 13 years of land management on a private estate I see this as a great opportunity to use my skills to support the forestry and wood sectors.”
The arrival of Paul coincides with changes elsewhere in our staffing. Our former Director of Forestry, Alistair Yeomans, will be taking a more central role in Sylva as our Chief Operating Officer. Alistair’s new role will focus on building partnerships, reflecting the importance our trustees place in working closely with industry, government and others across all of Sylva’s work streams.