The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) has announced the election of a new Executive Committee to head up the association for the next two years. The Executive Committee was elected by the members of the LTOA and will continue to promote urban forestry and represent tree officers in London and beyond. For full details of the LTOA and short biographies of the Executive Committee please visit http://www.ltoa.org.uk/about-the-ltoa/the-executive-committee
The new Chair of the Executive Committee is Barbara Milne (City of Westminster) and the Vice Chair is Andy Tipping (Barnet). The other members of the Committee are John Parker, (Transport for London), Dale Mortimer, (Ealing), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden), Craig Ruddick (Richmond), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Jon Ryan, (Islignton), Jake Tibbetts (City of London), Oliver Stutter (Southwark) and Richard Edwards (Croydon). There are also two honorary members of the committee Al Smith and Paul Akers.
Barbara Milne, new Chair of the LTOA, said “I am delighted to have been elected as Chair of the London Tree Officers Association. Many thanks to John Parker, outgoing chair for all of his hard work over the past two years.
London’s Tree Officers play a crucial role in creating and managing the capitals urban forest, and the LTOA provides a hugely important network which supports tree officers in their work. Beyond the good practice and innovations which are created and shared, the LTOA is the forum for collaboration between tree officers, other arboriculturists and allied professions, and I would like to see continued and increased participation in this by all of our members, which can only help to strengthen our profession. Of particular interest to me is ensuring the profession is open to women and black and minority ethnic groups to become the new generations of tree officers, and better reflect and represent London’s diverse population”.