Who we are
Forest Carbon's directors are James Hepburne Scott and Stephen Prior, and the Business Development Manager is George Hepburne Scott.
James, who has many years' experience in the agricultural trading and finance sectors was also a formerly a farmer and sales director at a tree nursery. As former chair of the Scottish section of the Forestry and Timber Association (now part of Confor) he has long been involved in the lobbying of government for greater support for UK forestry, and was among the first to identify the carbon market as an opportunity for UK forestry. James was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Foresters in January 2016 - an award with only 14 previous recipients.
Stephen, a former secondary school headmaster in Zimbabwe, discovered a second vocation through his Durham University MBA dissertation (a study of environmental economics and carbon emissions trading). His findings - presented to a side conference a the 2005 UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal - convinced him of the importance of trees in the global effort to deal with the mounting problem of pollution, climate change and environmental degradation, and of the potential for carbon woodland creation in the UK.
In 2016 George Hepburne Scott joined Forest Carbon as its new Business Development Manager. George is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and worked for Savills plc for 10 years in both Edinburgh and London. His focus was on the investment and development land sectors, and he worked on projects UK wide on behalf of property companies, housebuilders, institutional funds and banks. George has had a longstanding interest in sustainable land use, and the preservation of our country's natural capital.