Neil Bennett, MA, MSc (Computation), MSc (Statistics), GradStat

National Forest Inventory Statistical Analyst


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5024

National Forest Inventory
Forestry Commission
231, Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh  EH12 7AT

Neil studied Geological Sciences at the University of Cambridge (1991-94). After graduation, he trained and worked as an accountant, before undertaking a postgraduate degree course at UMIST, where he graduated in 2000 with an MSc (with Distinction) in Computation.

Subsequently, Neil worked in software development, most notably at the Science & Technology Facilities Council. Most of his time was spent working on the Ecological Data Grid project in collaboration with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

As a keen linguist, he then established his own business as a freelance translator, translating commercial documents from Finnish to English for several years.

Neil later retrained as a statistician and in 2014 graduated from Lancaster University with an MSc (with Distinction) in Statistics. Before joining Forest Research in 2016, he was a research assistant in genetic epidemiology at the University of Leicester, applying statistics to investigate the link between genetics and health problems.

Current role

National Forest Inventory (NFI) Statistical Analyst, within IFOS (Inventory Forecasting and Operational Support)

Current Projects

  • Development of the NFI Reporting Tool, which is to be the main software for routine analysis of NFI field survey data
  • Quality control operations and data cleaning of NFI survey data
  • Preparation of NFI reports
  • Development of software to anonymise NFI sample square locations in preparation for the future release of NFI survey data into the public domain
  • Support for quality assurance of empirical models (e.g. stand growth) used by NFI


Professional fellow (GradStat) of the Royal Statistical Society

Relevant publications


Publications to which I have contributed can be found at:

Other publications

Bennett, N. 2014. Statistical inference for spatial epidemics with reference to the 2001 UK Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak. MSc Dissertation for Lancaster University