Rod Pass - BSc (Hons) Forestry, MICFor
Rod was born and bred in Congleton, Cheshire. At the end of his A Levels he still had no idea what career to pursue, although he knew he wanted to go to University. Fortunately, his parents sent him to the Vocational Guidance Association down in London. To his great surprise, they suggested Forestry as a possibility. Having taken all the wrong subjects, Rod then worked for a local forestry contractor for two years whilst going to night school to get the A Level Botany that Bangor University required. He spent a very happy 3 years in North Wales, playing a lot of hockey and living in a wonderful cottage right on the beach at Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey.
Rod gained his honours degree from Bangor University in 1975. He then worked as a forester in the Planning Dept of Durham County Council for just over two years. He came to East Anglia in 1977 when he joined Eastern Woodlands, a forestry co-operative based in Norwich. He then moved on to become Head Forester on a large private Estate in Suffolk for 22 years. Following redundancy in 2002, Rod worked for Mike Tinsley as a private forestry consultant, which, on Mike’s retirement, led to the establishment of his own company, Rod Pass Associates Ltd in 2011. The company steadily grew with the gathering together of a highly skilled consultancy team. In May 2017 Rod was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which although treatable, made him think about the future with a bit more focus! Talking to Tim and Ian at Oakbank it became apparent that there were great synergies between the two companies and eventually a deal was struck for Oakbank to buy Rod’s business whilst retaining him and his fantastic team of consultants.
Rod specialises in the management of Ancient Woodland Sites and SSSIs. He is passionate about the condition of the English Oak and has assisted Forest Research with their work on Acute Oak Decline and the Agrilus beetle, in particular.
He is divorced with a grown-up family with one son (with two little grandchildren in Australia) and two daughters living nearby in rural Suffolk. His interests include game shooting and fishing and now long distance flights down under!