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Leading a team of around 45 staff he is responsible for the strategic direction of the IFOS service and for ensuring sound financial and people management.

A graduate of the Scottish School of Forestry, Nicol joined the Forestry Commission in 1990 and has worked across Great Britain in a variety of operational and strategic roles.  Nicol has had a long association with Forest Research and IFOS in particular working collaboratively on areas such as the development of the Forester Geographic Information System and on Production Forecasting.


  • Professional Member of the Institute for Chartered Foresters
  • Graduate of the Cabinet Office Leaders UK programme to develop collaborative leadership skills for public service excellence
Head of IFOS
Senior management

Silvan House

231 Corstorphine Road