The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) membership has named its next president-elect — Colin Bashford. Bashford will take office as president-elect at the end of the ISA board meeting in Providence, R.I. on July 25.
Bashford has worked tirelessly and often in the background for ISA, serving five terms as the UK/I board director, and two as vice president and executive committee member.
He has served on no less than twelve ISA committees including Executive, ITCC, Finance, Search and Organizational Review. He is an Honorary Life Member, board director, past president, and past executive director of the UK/I Chapter; and ex-chairman, EC member, and Administrator of ISA (Europe) Ltd.
A frequent visitor to the U.S. and to headquarters he’s gained a comprehensive understanding of the administration and member requirements of ISA and a good working relationship with staff.
With more than 40 years in the arboricultural profession, Bashford was honored by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his work with trees and was invested at Buckingham Palace as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). He owns, and runs, a leading UK arboricultural consultancy with UK and international clients.
His absolute commitment to ISA, his articulation, persona, willingness to listen, ability to understand an issue and get to the bottom of a problem, his diplomacy, and style of consensus management are such that he will effectively represent, ISA and members in any arena worldwide.
Bashford has two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. He and his fiancée, Julie are to be married on May 29 at a hotel in the New Forest, one of the UK’s National Parks.
“I seek to assist in taking our professional organization forward and to enhance its current status,” said Bashford. “We all have much we can achieve together and I am determined to justify members’ faith in me as the first non North American president-elect.”