Chief Executive Officer
David Brand founded New Forests in 2005 and leads the company’s investment programs, acting as chairman of all New Forests investment committees. David has over 30 years of experience in timberland investment, forest management, science, and public policy. David is dedicated to innovative, responsible investment strategies in the forest sector and associated assets, including infrastructure, bioenergy, and environmental markets. Previously, David was responsible for investment programs that integrated timber management with emerging environmental market opportunities at Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG). David has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada.
Director, US Investments and Operations
Brian Shillinglaw directs New Forests’ US investment business. He is responsible for overseeing and developing investment platforms such as Forest Carbon Partners, including project origination, financial structuring and asset management. Brian has over eight years of experience with environmental markets investment and climate policy. Brian holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a M.S. from the Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources at Stanford University.
Investment Committee Member
David Brentlinger sits on New Forests’ US investment committee, where he contributes to the evaluation of investment opportunities. David has over twenty years of experience in real estate investment, development, asset management and planning. Prior to his work with New Forests, David served as Senior Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors, a fund manager and provider of real estate project debt and equity across the United States.
Investments & Operations
Timothy Robards manages forestry and carbon analytics for New Forests’ carbon and timberland investments in the United States. Timothy has over 25 years of experience as a forester and forest biometrician and provides quantitative oversight of forestry and forest carbon projects in the assessment, project development, and operational phases. Timothy has developed and led forest carbon research and consulting programs in the private sector following a 20-year career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He was also quantitative lead on the Climate Action Reserve forest protocol, which was the model for the California compliance protocol used by the Air Resources Board. Timothy has a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from Purdue University as well as a Master of Science and PhD with a focus on Forest Biometrics and Climate Change from the University of California, Berkeley.
Investments and Operations
Emily Warms supports New Forests’ carbon and forestry investments in the United States. She is primarily responsible for the development of forest carbon projects for the California carbon market and is involved in all aspects of project origination, design, implementation, and credit sales. Emily’s background is in forest ecology, carbon accounting, and climate policy. Her experience includes managing the forest program of a national carbon registry, where she served as the technical and programmatic lead for forest carbon projects under California’s compliance program. Emily has also worked at leading regional and national non-profits in roles specialising on carbon accounting and forest policy issues. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including carbon markets, forest management, and restoration. Emily is a Society of American Foresters Candidate Certified Forester. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Forestry from the University of Vermont.
Thomas Hill is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Thomas works closely with the US operational and corporate team to improve financial processes and systems with a view to scalability for future growth. Thomas also manages the relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Thomas has over ten years of experience leading international commercial finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, and Australia. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Investments & Operations
Peter Tittmann supports timberland asset acquisition using geospatial analysis and data science. Peter has 15 years of experience developing and deploying geospatial tools and analysis in the forestry, energy, and water sectors, with a broad range of expertise in forestry including inventory, growth and yield modeling, harvesting/management operations, and ecological restoration. His doctoral work in Geography at the University of California, Davis employed aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in the task of individual tree detection and measurement. He comes to New Forests from the Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley where he managed a program focusedon wood products and bioenergy development and also supported the development of the Forest Climate Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to establish contributions of the California’s forest sector to climate policy goals.
Janet So is responsible for the development and maintenance of bid and portfolio models for acquisitions and assets under management in the United States. Her work guides fund product cash management, supports asset valuation, and provides financial and strategic perspectives on investments, business strategies and fund structures. Janet has over 10 years of experience in asset management, with more than 6 years in equity research focusing on listed equity financial modeling and valuation analysis. She has also worked on financing in the solar industry with experience in investor reporting, solar asset modeling, and tax-equity structures. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a California Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Investments & Operations
Robin Bellows supports New Forests’ forestry and carbon investments in the United States, primarily through forest analytics in project origination, development, and implementation. Robin’s skill set includes growth and yield modeling, linear programming and optimization, and biostatistics; her experience includes inventory and operations at a research forest, wilderness interpretation in Yosemite National Park, and research on forest climate resilience. Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.