Hayley Skipper – Director of Operations – Commercial Visitor Development, Forestry England
Hayley Skipper is Director of Operations – Commercial Visitor Development for Forestry England, providing organisational leadership and strategic direction while driving the implementation of commercial visitor development and social impact for the largest provider of outdoor recreation in the country.
Prior to this Hayley led the development of Forestry Commission’s centenary programme, celebrating 100 years of forestry in 2019, which included ‘The Resilience Garden’ by Sarah Eberle which won a Gold Medal and Best Construction Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and ‘Nissen Hut’ by Rachel Whiteread. As part of her international Shy Sculpture series, sited in Dalby Forest Yorkshire, this is Whiteread’s first permanent public sculpture in the UK.
Prior to this Hayley led the development of Forestry England’s Forest Art Works programme, creating great art and culture for everyone in England’s public forests, connecting audiences with the forest environment. She commissioned award winning new works including virtual reality and interactive sound and music and co-founded ‘Earth Photo’ in collaboration with the Royal Geographic Society.
Hayley is an alumna of the Clore Leadership and Creative Climate Leadership programmes. She is also a regular judge and selector for the Royal Horticultural Society’s horticultural shows.