As of November 2011, Roger French will be transferring the role of NHS Forest ambassador over to Ed Macalister-Smith. We are incredibly grateful to Roger for all his hard work and enthusiasm both in encouraging sites to be part of the NHS Forest and for his input into the steering group since the project has started.
Ed will be chairing the steering group and encouraging more sites, particularly in the south east and south central to be joining the NHS Forest. Ed has been CEO in the NHS for the past 11 years at PCT and Trust level.Ed’s early training was in environmental sciences at Wye College London University, followed by an MSc in Forestry from Oxford.
After a period working in the voluntary sector, he got involved with the NHS as Chair of a local contracted voluntary organisation, at Board level in a health authority and then in a community health council, before joining a Family Health Services Authority.
Ed has been involved in several strategic re-builds of NHS premises, and is wholly supportive of the NHS Forest scheme as a way a creating patient-supportive environments, staff-friendly workplaces, and potentially significant responses to the NHS’s enormous carbon footprint. He will be happy to help in any way he can to support the fantastic level of energy and creativity already evident in the NHS Forest community, and in taking that energy to parts of the NHS not yet aware!