Simon Lloyd - Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry (Distance Learning)
Now works as: Chief Executive (until Feb 2021)
Now works for: Royal Forestry Society (RFS)
"I have a life-long interest in trees and woods but when I took on responsibility for stewardship the family’s woods in Herefordshire I realised I knew little about the practical process of woodland management, so I enrolled on the Forestry MSc distance learning course at Bangor. Distance learning can be a bit of a struggle when you have a full time job, but the course structure, reading materials and process of continuous evaluation made it very manageable. It was nearly thirty years since I had done any formal education but I enjoyed the challenge and regret that I did not complete the dissertation module. I would advise anybody doing this course to start thinking about the dissertation before the modules are completed to ensure the necessary momentum and discipline is maintained.
"When I started the course I was a commercial manager at BP and when I finished I was the Bursar at Hertford College, Oxford. Since 2012 I have been Chief Executive of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), the oldest and largest educational charity dedicated to promoting the wise management of trees and woods across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many RFS members are former Bangor forestry students, so my Bangor education has had many unexpected but very good consequences for my career."