New chair for New Forest Marque

Dan Parsons appointed Chair for region’s ‘Sign of True Local Produce’


Bringing first-class business acumen, a life-long passion for traditional crafts and a love of the Forest, Winchester based Company Director Dan Parsons has recently been appointed as the Chair of the New Forest Marque.

With a background in finance Dan has set up several new companies and, with his depth of experience and knowledge, has guided and transformed businesses to evolve and prosper. Dan said; “I am incredibly privileged to be appointed as the new Chair of such a fantastic organisation. There’s a wealth of skill across the forest region, a rich variety of incredible members and a team of great people at the organisation to work with – I can’t wait to get started!”

Dan’s role as Chair will include acting as the key ambassador for the Marque to members, the public, local organisations and media. He will provide strong leadership and assist the Board in identifying
opportunities for further growth and sustainability while embracing the core integrity of the membership criteria and key categories within the Forest landscape.

Added Acting Chair Rebecca Wade, New Forest Marque Company Director: “On behalf of the organisation it’s fantastic to have Dan on board, he’s able to bring a diverse and innovative business
perspective to both his role as Chair and strategically taking the Marque and its members forward – it’s going to be an exciting time!”

Established 2004 The New Forest Marque originally formed as ‘Forest Friendly Farming’ was created to support Commoners and New Forest smallholders – this year we celebrate our 15th anniversary.  Dedicated to championing true local produce the organisation has evolved and proudly represents three distinct areas of New Forest business – Food & Drink, Hospitality & Retail and Craft, Art, Trees
and Education; all of which are inherently intertwined in supporting the beautiful forest ecosystem whilst preserving rural skills and traditions vital to the maintenance of a vibrant rural economy.