The Landowner responsibilities  as covered under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and in the FISA Guidance on Managing Health & Safety in Forestry are dependent on adequate knowledge and competence in  carrying out these duties (or the appointment of a competent agent to act on behalf of the Landowner). 

The Working Group has two main purposes:

  • To receive tasks or commissions allocated by the FISA Steering Group.
  • To collaborate with other FISA Working Groups e.g. to consider emerging outputs from other Working Groups and their relevance for those discharging Landowner responsibilities.


  • Advise the Landowner sector; raising awareness of their accountabilities and responsibilities in helping plan and operate a safe forestry work site.
  • Provide and share examples of best practice with the forestry sector
  • Improve the understanding of the need for selecting competent Agents/Forest Works Managers.
  • Improve understanding within the Landowner community of the need to ensure sites are safely planned in advance of work; providing clear site hazard information and effective site safety co-ordination

CHAIR: Paul Johnston


Graeme Prest - FLS
Jim Colchester – Buccleuch
Andy Greathead - Savills
James Simpson – Forestry England
Wally North - Forestry England
Ollie Hughes – Gresham
Gordon Pfetscher - Woodland Trust   
Ben Clinch - Moray Estates
Laura Eulert - Crown Estates
Andrew Bronwin - Bronwin & Abbey
Des Campbell - NI Forest Services
John Dempsey - Coillte
Richard Hunter - Confor
Sam Booth - Bidwells
Mick Bottomley - FLS
David Edwards - Tilhill
Nick Hall - Woodland Trust
Greg Jones - NRW
Ian Robinson - Scottish Woodlands
Michael Ryder - Oakbank
John Deakin - National Trust
Sam Jackson - Nicholsons
Phil Mostyn - NRW
Steve Conolly - Cawdor Forestry
Stephen Young - Scottish Land and Estates