Will Maiden studied at Harper Adams University in England, graduating with a degree in Countryside Management. Much of William’s experience comes from his time as a local authority Park Warden at the 260-acre Lydiard Park, where he was responsible for implementing a forestry management plan dealing with tree pest and disease outbreaks in a busy public park. Since then, Will has continued to work in local authority, most recently with the Royal Wootton Bassett parks department in the management of the town’s greenspaces. The increasing threats posed by tree pests and diseases and the impacts of climate change on forests are to be the focus of Will’s work at the World Forest Institute. He intends to look at the implications that pests, disease, and climate change pose to the forest products and non-timber industries and to identify areas of good practice which will be applicable to the tree pest and disease issues being faced in the U.K. Will has continued to build on his qualifications, most recently gaining a Diploma in Arboriculture and continues to study part-time for a Master in Science in Environmental Management, which he intends to complete on his return to the U.K.