BRINGING WOODLANDS TO LIFE

Our CEO and Senior Management Team

CEO

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. 

BUSINESS Manager

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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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07786 375881 

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. 

Courses
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Sustainable Woodland Management OCN L3

  • The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR
  • 07 Jul 2022 - 09 Jul 2022
A course designed for new or aspiring woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance environmental, economic and social benefits. more...

Events
Main Centre Buildings

Warren Woods: Members Woodland Visit

  • The Woodland Skills Centre, Denbighshire 10am - 3:30pm
  • 16 Jul 2022 - 16 Jul 2022
The Warren Woods is a privately-owned 50 acre woodland in Denbighshire in north-east Wales situated in the heart of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. The land was bought in 3 adjoining lots about 40 years ago. Read More...