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Emily Brennan


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Emily provides management and strategic leadership to the Centre for Forest Management which comprises of 50 staff and 5 Science Groups.

Emily’s role is to ensure that the Centre aligns with the strategic direction of Forest Research, delivering excellent science and providing data and input to Government for inclusion in policy decisions, in addition to responding to potential threats and risks. Delivering relevant, high-quality applied research on time and to budget enables our funders and customers to effectively utilise data, models and statistical packages to deliver environmental, societal and financial benefits.

Emily has held leadership roles at a range of environmental organisations  including the South Downs National Park Authority, London Wildlife Trust, the Natural History Museum and WWF-UK.  She has knowledge and experience of  land management, species and habitat conservation, climate change and ecosystem services, applied research, strategic planning, policy development, project management, partnership development and community engagement. She has worked on many tree, woodland and forestry issues, projects and programmes such as the spread of Dutch elm disease in the South Downs, woodland management for rare butterflies, and development of local wood-fuel economies.

Emily was recently awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship, an internationally-recognised programme for developing leaders in the heritage and cultural sectors.


  • Trustee of the National Park City Foundation.
  • Previous Committee Member for the National Lottery Heritage Fund (South East Committee)
  • Previous Commissioner for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (the 2012 Olympic Games)
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