About

FLAC’s natural hazard management team is headed up by Julian Forbes-Laird, designer of the THREATS family of environmental risk models, the parent version of which is in widespread international use.

Memberships and designations held by Julian include:

  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute
  • Special Advisor on Tree Risk to Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
  • Consultant to Le Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer, Paris
  • Lead author for International Railway Standard Technical Aspects of Tree Risk and Vegetation Management (in press)
  • Technical editor for BS5837:2012 Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations
  • Senior technical editor for draft British Standard Inspection of trees for hazard

In addition to being an experienced Expert Witness to UK High Court level, Julian is one of the world’s most experienced forensic investigators of tree-related accidents. The insight gained from this arcane and complex field has enabled Julian to develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of risks arising from natural hazards.

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