Two FR Colleagues Recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

  • Posted on: 9 Jan 2020

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Two members of staff from Forest Research have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Dr Helen McKay (nee MacGilp), the Head of Centre for Sustainable Forestry and Climate Change in Forest Research, has been awarded an OBE for services to forest science and forestry. Joining FR in 1988, Helen’s research has contributed significantly to policy and practice. She has also been a specialist advisor to the Forestry Commission.  

Helen has also made outstanding contributions to the forestry profession through her work with the Scottish Forestry Trust and as editor of the Institute of Chartered Forester’s flagship journal ‘Forestry’.

Helen said: “I am so very pleased to have been nominated by my FR colleagues for my research to improve forestry policy and practice. It is especially important to me that I have helped younger members of staff, especially women, develop their potential. I am proud to have worked with the Editors to establish the scientific journal Forestry as a world leading publication. Thank you all.”

Steve Penny has been awarded a MBE for his voluntary service to Mountain Rescue. He has volunteered with the Galloway and latterly the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team for 28 years, and with the Scottish Search and Rescue Dog Association. He is also National Wellbeing Officer for Scottish Mountain Rescue and is recognised for driving forward work to support volunteer responders and their families. He was nominated by colleagues both locally and nationally.

Steve, who is a Senior Communications Officer in FR, follows in the footsteps of his grandfather James who was awarded a MBE in 1959.

Steve said: “Working in a government-based organisation such as the Forestry Commission is very helpful. They have been very supportive over the years. This award is fantastic for the mountain rescue team as it will help the public to see what goes on and the work that is done by volunteers across the board.”