Expert Working Group

Norbord Photo by Julie Howden

From left to right: The Rt Hon Brian Wilson; George McRobbie (Director, BSW Timber), Alastair Kerr (Director General, Wood Panel Industries Federation) Stephen Kerr (Chair of the Expert Working Group), Steve Roebuck (Director, Norbord), Ian Ross and John Paterson (Director, Egger Forestry).

At the relaunch of the APPG on 13th June 2018, an announcement was made to launch an Expert Working Group chaired by Stephen Kerr, the then sitting 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, Chair of the Expert Working Group and Former Chair of the 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
● George McRobbie, Director at BSW Timber.

In their report, the working group 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.

Since then, the Expert Working Group for Wood Panel Industry report has been reviewed in light of key policy developments.

Click below to read the latest version of the Expert Working Group Report (Third Edition) published in 2021:

Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry Final Policy and Baseline Report (Third Edition, 2021)

Previous editions of the Report can be found below:

Second Edition, 2020: Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry Final Policy and Baseline Report

First Edition, 2019: Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry Final Policy and Baseline Report

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