Our CEO and Senior Management Team


Ian Baker staff photoIan Baker
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Ian is an ecologist by training and prior to coming to Small Woods in 2016, he worked in range of public, private and voluntary sector roles, including Rural Economy Policy lead at Defra; and Head of Rural Programmes at one of the former Regional Development Agencies and roles with Countryside Commission, Countryside Council for Wales and the National Trust.

Always having an interest in woodlands, Ian grew up amongst the Beech woods of the Cotswolds and has spent the majority of the ensuing years surrounded by the woodlands of the Mid Wales, Cumbria and the Severn Valley, where he now lives with his family. 


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Deb Cheetham
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Deb manages our Administration and Finance Team, who assist her in making the financial and administration functions of Small Woods run as smoothly as possible.

She has a background in IT and business management and worked for a large law firm for twelve years. 

Woodland Management Manager 

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Amanda Calvert
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Amanda manages our Woodland Management Team, which works on woodland management and policy, delivery of projects, and overseeing member services including advice and events.

She has worked in the environmental sector for the last thirty years, building experience, knowledge and understanding of woodlands and the people that are part of the wooded landscape.

Amanda started working at Small Woods in 2014 as a Project Officer for the European SIMWOOD project, which aimed to increase the movement of wood from forests and woodlands in Europe. 

Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Manager 

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Katy Harris
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Katy manages our Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Team. She has worked at Small Woods since 2007, helping to establish the Actif Woods Wales social forestry programme in Wales in 2010.

Katy has a background in modern languages. Her interest in wild places and forests stems originally from a year spent living and working near Lake Baikal in eastern Russia 20 years ago, while learning Russian. She has worked for environmental charities ever since. She enjoys being outdoors cycling, walking and gardening with her young family. 

Social Forestry and Wellbeing Manager 

Amie Andrews staff photoAmie Andrews
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Amie manages our Social Forestry and Wellbeing Team. Her work focuses on health and wellbeing activities in woodlands across the UK. She manages the effective delivery of our social forestry and wellbeing projects, balancing the requirements of stakeholders from the health, environment and training sectors.

Amie also raises the profile of Small Woods, taking forward the strategic direction, whilst developing funding ideas to build the scope and breadth of our social forestry programmes. 

Amie is an anthropologist by background with experience in teaching and project management. 


Timber Measuring

  • Cashel Forest Trust, Rowardennan, Glasgow, G63 0AW
  • 25 Feb 2022 - 25 Feb 2022
The course is designed to provide woodland owners, managers, agents and contractors the ability to calculate accurately timber volumes in standing trees, woodland compartments and road side stacks. more...


Firewood: The New Regulations, Small Firewood Producer Workshop

  • Online 18:30pm - 19:30pm
  • 10 Feb 2022 - 10 Feb 2022
We have had a number of requests to repeat this workshop so, if you are producing small volumes of firewood and are worried about the new regulations which come into force this spring then why not come along. We will also provide an update on the new quality requirements if you own a boiler and are using your own firewood/chip for fuel. Read More...