David joins the Deer Initiative having spent the last twenty-two years with the Forestry Commission (FC) and latterly Natural Resources Wales (NRW). During his first five years with the FC David managed timber harvesting and marketing in East England and forest establishment in Wales.
Having a lifelong interest in deer and wildlife, David was seconded to The Deer Initiative (2003-2006), during the initial delivery stage of the DEFRA Deer Action Plan, as the Deer Liaison Officer for the Central England Region.
On his return to the Forestry Commission he led the restructuring of wildlife management for FC Wales which significantly improved efficiency and performance to reduce impact levels. David then went on to manage the FC Wales/ NRW Wildlife and Forest Protection Function for the past twelve years.
David said “I am fortunate to have worked in forestry, land and wildlife management for over thirty years during which time I have gained invaluable knowledge and experience not only of deer management but of wider land management issues. I have had experience of working in both the public and private sector from agricultural and forestry contracting, forestry and wildlife management through to policy advice to regional and national government.
Throughout my career I have cultivated a broad and diverse industry network as well as the invaluable long-standing relationships I have built as a member of The Deer Initiative Partnership. I now have the unique and exciting opportunity to be able to take the Deer Initiative forward which I am extremely positive about.
The DI has a pivotal role within the industry to influence the way deer are perceived and managed. The Deer Initiative Partnership has been key to maintaining a focus and consensus building within the industry, a superb example of this has been the development and widespread acceptance of Best Practice Guidance.
We are entering a period where we will almost certainly see significant political and legislative change as well as shifting social attitudes towards the way our natural resources are managed. We need to be sure that wildlife, including deer and boar, are managed in a way and for reasons which can be justified and that any such management is undertaken to the highest possible standards.”
Welcoming David, Henry Robinson, chairman at the Deer Initiative said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the Deer Initiative. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this important role and I will enjoy working with him to further the cause of sustainable deer management.”