Welcome to our new Forester

posted on July 6, 2020

We’re delighted to welcome George Dennison to Sylva as a new member of staff taking up the new role of Forester.

Thanks to grant funding provided by the John Ellerman Foundation the new position of Forester at Sylva will mean we have more capacity to work with landowners, forestry professionals, and partners to support sustainable forestry across Britain.

George Dennison, Forester at Sylva Foundation

George Dennison, Forester at Sylva Foundation

Appointee George Dennison graduated this summer from Bangor University with a Masters in Forestry with International Experience, including a year abroad at the University of British Columbia.

While studying George became a board member of the International Forestry Students’ Association where he was fortunate enough to travel to several countries exploring the world through forestry. Having worked as a part-time arboriculturalist and land manager between semesters, he is keen to begin putting theory and policy into practice across the UK in the years to come.

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Head of Fundraising and Development appointed

posted on November 25, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Tina Jacobs to Sylva to help develop and implement our future fundraising and communications strategy.  She will be working closely with the Chief Executive to raise both funds for and awareness of the Sylva Foundation and its projects.

Tina Jacobs, Head of Fundraising and Development

Tina Jacobs, Head of Fundraising and Development

Tina is a marketing and fundraising professional with over 25 years experience gained in consumer, professional services and not-for-profit organisations including American Express, Video Arts, Henley Business School and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and was a Course Director for CIM for nine years leading bespoke and generic programmes.

An experienced storyteller Tina enjoys communicating the stories of the people and projects she works with. She has written a number of research reports and white papers working alongside academics from Henley Business School as well as case studies, articles and appeals for other clients.  She has considerable experience in developing strategy for fundraising through individual giving, major donor, trusts and legacies and in managing fundraising teams. In addition to Hearing Dogs she has worked with Footsteps Foundation, Headway Thames Valley, Opportunity International & NRAS and remains a Trustee of Footsteps Foundation.

John Ellerman Foundation

Grant funder

Tina is also a qualified yoga teacher; perhaps her experience with Tree pose may prove useful at Sylva.

The post has been supported fully by a grant provided by the John Ellerman Foundation to whom we are extremely grateful.

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Director for Forestry and Rural Enterprise appointed

posted on July 16, 2013

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Orsi to a new position in Sylva as our Director for Forestry & Rural Enterprise.

Paul Orsi, Sylva Foundation

Paul Orsi, Sylva Foundation

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.

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