George White, GTF Director of Programmes & Oversight

George leads on the GTF programmes; Association Surveys for Knowledge (ASK) and Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX).  He is responsible for the Oversight Committee which reviews and monitors GTF’s performance.

George has previously done research into how SMEs are undertaking due diligence order to comply with EUTR . This latter report was used as part of the EC’s official review on EUTR implementation published in 2016. He has further expertise across a range of subjects from project management and proposal writing through to responsible sourcing and production of forest products.

Prior to joining the GTF, George spent a decade working for the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network programme (GFTN), latterly as Head of the Programme. He was responsible for the direction of one of WWF’s longest running and most impactful programmes responsible for over 50 staff spread across 30 countries. The programme worked with hundreds of forest managers and buyers to improve social, environmental and economic benefits from responsible forest management.

Before joining WWF George was a consultant on responsible purchasing and related supply chain issues advising major retailers and NGOs. He has worked with and for several major retailers in Europe and North America.