New chief executive for Confor
trade associations

13 July 2007

New chief executive for Confor

The Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) has appointed Stuart Goodall, as its new Chief Executive. Prior to his appointment, which was announced by ConFor Chairman Tony Willis, Stuart was ConFor’s Executive Director of Policy. He will assume his new post on 16th July, taking over from David Crichton.
Tony Willis commented: “I am delighted to announce that Stuart Goodall has been appointed as Chief Executive of ConFor. We had an exceptionally strong level of interest in the post, and I am pleased that Stuart emerged successfully. He joined ConFor as our Executive Director for Policy last year, and has been instrumental in building our influence and reputation with government and other public bodies. Stuart was previously on secondment to ConFor from the Forestry Commission, and was involved throughout our start-up phase. His appointment therefore provides continuity as well as new leadership, and I and my colleagues on the Board look forward to working with him.”
He added: “I also wish to pay tribute to the excellent work of David Crichton in establishing ConFor as a strong, united and respected representative body of the forest industries. We wish him well in his new appointment.”
John Firn, Vice Chairman, welcoming the appointment, said: “ConFor is a young but dynamic organisation that has quickly established itself as the authoritative voice of our industry that delivers real benefits for all our members and communities throughout the UK. Our success in the key area of developing essential links with policy makers and influencers has in large measure been the work of Stuart Goodall. I’m confident we will continue to go from strength to strength under a Chief Executive who is well informed of the opportunities and challenges facing all sectors of our industry.”
Stuart Goodall said: “I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to lead ConFor at such a critical time for the industry, and for all our members across the sector. A unique set of circumstances has given us the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of our industry to the economy of the United Kingdom and its central role in combating the effect of climate change. Significant growth opportunities exist and I look forward to the challenge of ensuring we are in a position to take advantage of them by building on the strong foundations already laid down for ConFor.”
Stuart Goodall has played a central role in the development of ConFor since it was established in 2004, and before, with its predecessor organisation the Forest Industries Development Council (FIDC).
He was responsible for developing a sector sustainability strategy and was then given responsibility for Policy using the expertise he acquired with the Forestry Commission when he represented the UK at the heart of the European Union in Brussels. Stuart was seconded to the FIDC in 2002 and then to ConFor in 2004, becoming a member of staff as Executive Director of Policy in September 2006. Stuart is 42 and lives with his wife and three daughters in East Lothian. He is actively engaged in junior athletic coaching in his spare time.

ConFor (Confederation of Forest Industries) represents the whole UK forest industry from nurseries and growers to UK wood-processing end-users.