Hi, I embarked on an apprenticeship at the age of 13 in carpentry. I emigrated to Australia at age 18. Later in life upon my return to Ireland I established and ran my own hand-made furniture business for 25 years. Founded Just Forests in 1989 and have acted as coordinator of the day-to-day activities of this challenging NGO ever since. Acted as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-Endorsed Contact Person in the Republic of Ireland for 7 years and established the FSC process of independent forest certification in Ireland. I also worked as the Rainforest Alliance-SmartWood Program Chain-of-Custody Lead Auditor for 3 years.