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EFIP appoints partnership manager
trade associations

07 July 2008

EFIP appoints partnership manager

ConFor, on behalf of the England Forest Industries Partnership, has appointed Dr Gesa Reiss as partnership manager for EFIP. She brings a valuable and varied range of experience to the post.
Gesa has a degree in commercial horticulture from the University of Strathclyde and a doctorate from the University of Bristol. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in science, education and overseas development, liaising with farmers and landowners, retailers, environmental non-governmental organisations, urban planners, developers and policy-makers. Most recently, Gesa was director of the Great Western Community Forest. As lecturer at Hadlow College and the University of Greenwich, she gained in-depth knowledge of the further and higher education system for the land-based sector.
Gesa will bring to the post eight years experience in establishing partnerships and her understanding of policy and legislative issues relevant to the forestry and other land-based sectors. Working with partners in EFIP, Gesa’s role will be to co-ordinate implementation of the EFIP action plan. The main actions that have been identified so far are:

-Skills for the sector at all levels
-Developing the market for timber and wood products
-Information hub for the industry