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Board of Directors - Past & Present

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF SEPTEMBER 2017 JUST FORESTS CEASED TRADING AS A CHARITY AND IS NOW A PRIVATE COMPANY. Here you will see some of our Past & Present Board Members who give their time freely to advancing the cause of sustainable forest management and responsible wood sourcing-through advocacy, educationally-sound activism, development education (DE) and education for sustainable development (ESD).

A Member of BOARDMATCH Ireland

The Directors meet as often as is possible in person and regular email contact is ongoing. 

Funding for our work is down significantly this year. If you wish to make a donation to our work please contact the office at 086 8049389 - or make a payment via PayPay thank you.


Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Message for the International Volunteer Day.


I have been a longtime admirer of Just Forests creative development education work and I am delighted to contribute in whatever way I can to the organisation's continued role in development education and education for sustainable development.
Mr. Patsy Toland,
Development Education facilitator, Self Help Africa.
I have witnessed the positive developments un-fold over the years as Just Forests challenged political, academic and economic interests to embrace real and lasting change through our development education work and I am privileged to be a part of that development.
Sr. Barbara Raferty,
Presentation College, Portlaoise.
As an ardent musician I was so impressed at Just Forests creative approach to good forest management- through the Sound of Wood concert with The Chieftains and Tullamore Pipe Band in the Court Hotel, Tullamore, I said yes, count me in.
Mr. Brian Wall,
Manager, Policy & Practice
All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care.


I welcome this opportunity to work with Just Forests, an Irish organisation with an exceptional interest in a fair timber trade to help both the local foresters and craftspeople in Africa and their counterpart farmers and timber merchants here at home. For example, through his work in promoting Ireland's readiness to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which banned the placing of illegal timber and timber products on the Irish & EU market from March 2013, Tom Roche of Just Forests makes it easier to buy and sell Irish FSC certified timber, in parallel with fair trade in sustainably sourced African hardwoods.
Ms. Mary Tully,
Retired Principal Officer at Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
The practical approach that Just Forests takes to good forest management and responsible timber sourcing makes sound business sense and I want to support that ideology
Mr. Brendan Morgan,
Hamco Enterprises, Tullamore.
As Just Forests realigns with its mission of promoting sustainable forestry as a means of reducing poverty in the developing world, this is not a time for looking in the rear view mirror, but for mapping a new way forward for Just Forests and I am looking forward to being part of that journey.
Ms. Jill St. James Hodnett,
former Chief Process Officer,
Technotree Technologies,
Shannon, County Clare.
The Just Forests agenda is clear and simple; we want a fair sharing of the proceeds of taking wood from forests in poorer countries. It is vital that extracting this natural resource is done in a sustainable manner and in a way that reduces poverty in Africa and other timber producing countries.
Mr. Brian Cloonan,
The Green House, Tullamore.
Just Forests work has never been so important as it is right now as the fight for natural resource security and the challenges of climate change become the priorities going forward and I want help in whatever way I can
Mr. Tom Farrell,
Farrell & Partners, Solicitors, Tullamore.
















































Are you interested in issues that Just Forests seeks to address?

Do you care passionately about the fate of the world's forests?Would you like to advance the cause of sound and sustainable forest management locally and globally.Do you want to see how responsible timber sourcing can help alleviate abject poverty while conserving critical biological diversity?

Then why not consider volunteering your time or making a donation?

Your SMALL CHANGE can help us make BIG CHANGE-thank you.

Contact Tom on 086 804 9389 or E-mail: info@justforests.org


Annual elections for our Board took place at our AGM on Friday 13th April, 2013. Two new board members were endorsed. The  Board is the governing body of our organisation and is responsible for its strategic direction and development.

If you have long-term experience in global justice, human rights or development and would like to be at the forefront of an organisation that has worked to challenge the root causes of poverty and inequality worldwide for the past 24 years, we would like to hear from you.

For more information on skills we will be looking for, or to find about how to register your interest, please contact Tom Roche at 086 8049389.

Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Re-visioning: Just Forests is under a process of re-visioning and our Strategic Plan is currently being re-visited. A number of new processes such as the EU Timber Regulation (EU TR) and the review of the White Paper on Irish Aid will influence our vision going forward. Our Vision is that all timber and wood-based products entering Ireland will be legal, FSC-certified and the result of Fair Trade and that good forest management will help alleviate poverty and protect biological diversity. Just Forest’s Mission is to contribute to increased public awareness and critical understanding of the link between sustainable forest management, responsible and legal timber extraction and poverty reduction in the developing world. Our overarching objective is to: Endeavour to advance public support for a values-driven approach to sustainable forestry, livelihood support, biodiversity protection and fair trade in timber and wood-based products. We achieve this by delivering 5 programmes defined by their methodology or the primary target group. 

Tom Roche (trading as) Just Forests Ltd.
Ringfort Workshop, Rathcobican, Rhode, Offaly, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)86 8049389  |  E-mail: info@tomroche.ie
Company Registration Number: 612423 This website is an education awareness initiative of Just Forests Ltd Copyright © 2024 Tom Roche (trading as) Just Forests Ltd.