Our Staff

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals with a focus on the forestry sector, woodfuel supply chain development and the provision of high quality training.


Staff Profiles

Will Richardson – Yorwoods Director

Will is a trained forester, graduating from the University of Aberdeen with an MSc in Forestry in 1996. He has gained experience in all sectors of the forest industry from woodland and tree work contracting and managing private woodland estates to working for a local authority as a woodland officer. Will is the project director of Yorwoods, a director of the Yorkshire Woodfuels producer group and a director of Rural Development Initiatives. Will has been leading on woodfuel developments in the Yorkshire region since 2003 and is a Lantra Awards approved instructor on the award winning Ignite woodfuel production and supply training courses. Will is responsible for the day to day running of the Yorwoods initiative, developing new projects and business and ensuring the intiative delivers to a consistently high standard.

Ben Scotting – Project Manager

Joining Yorwoods as a Sustainable Woodland Advisor in 2004, Ben ran a pilot project encouraging owners and managers in North Yorkshire to bring woodlands into management and certification.  He has since worked as a Projects Manager responsible for developing and delivering a woodland management module for an Environmental Conservation HND, running a biomass development service in the North York Moors area and developing and promoting management and forest certification in West Yorkshire.

Ben generally works on forest management projects: these currently include highlighting and improving the management of ancient woodlands converted to plantation; managing the North Yorkshire Wildfire Group which raises awareness of, and provides training for, wildfire incidents and establishing the new Forestry and Climate Change Course.

Erica Spencer – Yorwoods Administrator

Erica joined Yorwoods in 2009 following a career break of 25 years to raise a husband and three children.  She is responsible for the general administration and upkeep of the Yorwoods office, assists in the organisation of events and processes all the paperwork for our courses, from confirming bookings at the start to issuing the certificates at the end.  She is also responsible for raising invoices and keeping tabs on the banking.