Julia Tilson, BSc

NFI Quality Assurance Manager

Email:  Julia.Tilson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel:  +44 (0)7901 008676

Welsh Borders

Julia joined Forest Research Surveys Branch in 1990, where she specialised in inventory and mapping and the National Inventory of Woodlands and Trees. She later worked as a freelance woodland/ecological surveyor for a period of 7 years, before re-joining the Forestry Commission in 2009 to take up her current role within IFOS.

Current role

NFI Quality Assurance Manager

Julia is the lead member of the team responsible for quality assuring the data collected for the National Forest Inventory of GB. Her role includes developing Quality Assurance (QA) protocols and organising team calibration meetings to ensure consistency of QA.

She has contract management responsibilities, which include assisting with tender evaluation and awarding of contracts, and ensuring on-going contract compliance.

Julia’s role also includes field testing of contract surveyors prior to their joining the National Forest Inventory (NFI), and planning and delivery of training events to ensure that surveyors are standardised in their interpretation of survey protocols. She has a strong interest in habitat and NVC surveying and creates opportunities for knowledge transfer through delivery of adhoc training days.

Julia contributes to development of NFI survey protocols and writing of the NFI Survey Manual. She is occasionally required to demonstrate NFI data collection methodologies to external individuals and organisations.

Current projects

  • Developing and documenting NFI field survey protocols
  • Training new contract surveyors
  • Planning a Habitat and NVC training event scheduled for April 2017

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Publications that I have contributed to can be found at: