Upon accreditation, Cetification Bodies are required to submit certification reports to a formal peer review process for certain audit scopes. A list of peer reviewers is provided below.
Kathryn (Katie) is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. With a consulting firm, Kathryn was a member of the environmental services department where her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, Kathryn developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards.
Kathryn is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor. Kathryn has been a leader within the forestry community in the Upper Midwest through her service as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and her appointment to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. Kathryn served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Blandin Foundation’s Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative, and currently serves on the Minnesota DNR’s Stewardship Committee, Minnesota’s Forests for the Future Committee, and the Woodlands Committee for the American Forest Foundation. She is a past-member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Renewing the Countryside and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society. She is a current Board Member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the Forest Guild. In 2011, Kathryn joined the NSF Joint Committee on Dimensional Stone Sustainability. In 2013, Kathryn was named to the SFI External Review Panel with a term through to 30 June 2016. Kathryn has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources and also studied at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.
Erik is currently founder and director of ISAFOR, an advisory firm on forest policy, forest institutional development and forest management. He also holds the positions of vice chair of the board of experts for assessing forest certification systems and timber chain of custody certification systems (Dutch Government Advisory Board); chair of the Dutch Mirror Committee for ISO PC 287 “Chain of custody of wood and wood based products”; advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on Timber Procurement Policy and improving consistency between EU member states; and member of the board of Baum Management S.àr.l.
Erik started his career with the National Forest Service at the former Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and held there, and in the civil service, several senior positions, including Inspector National Forests and Nature Reserves and Director Forestry and Landscape. From 1990 to 2002, Erik worked as Managing Director for Tropenbos International (TBI) a foundation based in the Netherlands with responsibility for generating knowledge information, methods and technologies, both at national and international level, with the aim of contributing to the conservation and wise utilisation of tropical rain forests. Following that Erik managed various ISAFOR missions in South East Asia for the International Tropical Timber Organisation and for the Inter American Development bank in Suriname.