Marilyn V. Headley, O.D.


Chief Executive Officer and Conservator of Forests

Marilyn Headley is the first female CEO& Conservator of Forests at the Forestry Department, a post she has held since November 1996. 

She has 40 years experience in Forestry and Agricultural Marketing having previously worked as Deputy Senior Research Officer at the Forestry Department, Agricultural Specialist at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and in other agricultural marketing posts.

Ms. Headley led the transformation process of the Forestry Department to Executive Agency status in 2010. She has led the development of the Forest Policy 2016 and the second National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP) for Jamaica. The NFMCP is the 10 year forest sector plan.    

Miss Headley’s achievements have also been widely recognized with her most recent award being the conferral of the Order of Distinction by His Excellency, the Governor General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at the 2014 staging of the National Honour Awards. She has also received the Gabriel Charles Award for her dedication and service to the island’s forests at the 16th Caribbean Foresters Meeting in 2013 and has also been featured in the Women of Jamaica Publication.

She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and Chairman of the Protected Areas Committee in Jamaica.