Expert Working Group

Norbord Photo by Julie Howden

Norbord, Cowie
Photo by Julie Howde

From left to right: Rt Hon Brian Wilson; George McRobbie (Director, Tilhill Forestry), Alastair Kerr (Director, Wood Panel Industries Federation) Stephen Kerr MP( Chair of APPG and Expert Group), Steve Roebuck (Director, Norbord), Ian Ross, John Paterson (Director, Egger Forestry)

Please find the Expert Working Group Policy Report available here.

At the relaunch of the APPG on 13th June 2018, an announcement was made to launch an Expert Working Group chaired by Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling. Alastair Kerr, Director General of the WPIF, is the secretary of the Working Group.

The members of the Expert Working Group are:-

● Stephen Kerr MP, Chair of both the Expert Working Group and APPG for the Wood Panel Industry
● Alastair Kerr, Secretary of the Expert Working Group and Director General of the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF)
● Ian Ross, former SNH Chairman and Chartered Forester
● Rt Hon Brian Wilson, former UK Energy Minister and now member of the UK Board of Trade
● David Sulman, Executive Director of the UK Forest Products Association
● George McRobbie, Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry

In the following report, the working group have assessed:

  1. The challenges facing the wood panel sector sector due to lack of security of domestic wood supply.
  2. How the industry can meet UK demand for wood panel products post Brexit.
  3. How it can coexist with the wood processing and wood fuels sectors which also rely on a finite domestic wood supply.

The first of the Working Group meetings took place on Friday 10th August 2018 at Norbord, Cowie.

The second of the Working Group meetings took place on Friday 14th September 2018 at Norbord, Cowie.

The Group were joined by WPIF members Steve Roebuck – Managing Director, Norbord, and John Paterson – Managing Director, EGGER.

On Monday 5th November 2018, the Expert Working Group presented this report to Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, at the House of Commons. At the AGM of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry on Thursday 7th February 2019, the Policy Report was presented to members of the APPG.

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