The NTIS Steering Group meets twice a year to discuss priorities and to drive forward the National Tree Improvement Strategy’s objectives according to the ‘Action Plan’.

The NTIS Steering Group is chaired by Dr Steve Lee with membership  drawn from right across the forestry sector: from nurseries, to forest management of natural, semi-natural and plantation forests and woodlands, through to saw millers, ecologist and sectors of academia. Membership is open and is currently as shown below. If you feel your interest in the genetics of trees planted in the UK is not represented and you want to be a member of the NTIS Steering Group, please contact us.




Steve Lee Chair Independent
Jo Clark Future Trees Trust Interim Secretariat / Admin
Gustavo Lopez Forest Research Tree Breeding
Roger Coppock Ex-Forestry Commission Independent
Chris Hardy Forestry Commission Nurseries Public nurseries
Harry Frew CONFOR Nursery Group Private nurseries
Mike Render Forestry Commission England England
Jason Hubert Scottish Forestry Scotland
Fiona MacFarlane Natural Resources Wales Wales
David Edwards Tilhill / ICF Private growers – conifers
Mike Harvey Confor Breeding Co-Op / Maelor Conifer Tree Breeding
John Mackay Oxford University Academia
Jo Clark Future Trees Trust Broadleaf tree breeding
Robert Lee Forestart Seed purchasers
Andy Leitch CONFOR Forestry sector (inc sawmills)
John Tucker Woodland Trust NGO
Jon Stokes The Tree Council NGO
Clare Trivedi Kew Gardens Forest Genetic Resources
Charles Beaumont Trees Please Nursery HTA Tree and Hedging Group
Stephen Cavers Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Genetic Conservation