Rachel Butler, GTF Executive Director

Rachel is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Global Timber Forum and ensures the organisation acts in line with its vision and mission.

She also acts as the technical lead in developing GTF projects mainly in the South Asia-Pacific region and more recently in Latin America. Recent activity includes developing with local organisations practical activities for the private sector to engage in the reform process in Myanmar and Peru.  Rachel is also driving a crucial dialogue focused on better implementation of international market requirements between the major consuming countries and regions namely Europe, US and China.

Having worked in both the public and private sectors, Rachel has a unique understanding of bringing together policy work, international funding regimes and how the private sector can become pro-actively engaged in issues related to responsible forestry and timber supply chains. She has worked for, with or advised numerous national and global organisations, governments and companies – including, for example, Metsaliitto, the European Commission and both the UK and European Timber Trade Federations.