Ivor Davies
Ivor Davies

Dr Ivor Davies BA(Hons), PgDip, PhD, FHEA



Ivor is a wood scientist and technologist with 30 years of experience in the timber products sector. He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003. Prior to which he worked at the Forestry Commission and Highland Birchwoods developing the use of indigenous timber in the Scottish Highlands; and he was technical director of a manufacturing joinery company.

Ivor’s current work spans teaching, research and consultancy.

Ivor has lectured at Edinburgh Napier for over a decade. He leads four undergraduate modules and one at masters level as well as lecturing on two other modules. His current modules span building design and technology, sustainable building design and construction materials.

Ivor is active in postgraduate supervision at Edinburgh Napier and has provided wood science advice to postgraduate students at several other universities in the UK and overseas. He was visiting lecturer at the University of Dundee for three years. Ivor has also delivered masterclasses at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Newcastle University and the University of Eastern Finland. Ivor is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research projects mainly focus on wood-water relations and sustainable development. This includes: the performance of timber facades; grading timber for durability; sustainable construction; product innovation and product life cycles. His projects have ranged from large trans-national collaborations through to product development and testing for individual companies. In 2015 Ivor was a member of the team for which Edinburgh Napier was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize for the impact of its research on timber engineering, wood science and sustainability.

As a consultant, Ivor provides expert witness services on construction deputes involving timber. This ranges from confidential advisory letters through to full expert witness investigations and reports. He is familiar with both the Scottish and English rules for experts in civil cases. He is also technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association.

In 2011 he completed his PhD “Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications”. Ivor is author or lead author of several publications including the BS 8605 series of British Standards on external timber cladding.

Ivor is active in providing education and training on timber for building professionals. This is undertaken on behalf of Wood for Good and similar organisations. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK and overseas.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/2
  • Technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association
  • Member of British Standards Institution technical committee B453: Round and sawn timber
  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/1
  • UK expert on European Standards Technical sub-committee CENTC175/
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's working group for timber supply for Scottish Parliament building
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's Scottish Hardwood Timber Market Development Group


Conference Organising Activity

  • Member of organising committee - Trans-national conference: External timber cladding, Aviemore


Fellowships and Awards

  • Queens Anniversary Prize


Invited Speaker

  • Highland and Islands Forest Industry Cluster meeting, Fort William
  • SIRT timber research seminar, Glasgow
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Bangor
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Brecon
  • Timber research seminar, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
  • Wood Protection Association Conference, Derby
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • Structural Timber Association, Scottish AGM, Glasgow
  • Wood durability seminar, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
  • TIMCON annual conference, Manchester
  • Timber Decking and Cladding Association AGM, near York
  • Masterclass in the Engineering School at Newcastle University
  • Seminar for the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers
  • Training event for timber cladding installers
  • Masterclass at Newcastle University School of Engineering
  • Timber masterclass, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
  • Timber event at Eden Court in Inverness
  • Proholz Austria seminar in Ourense, Spain
  • Training event for timber cladding installers
  • Joint evening event for SEDA and AECB members
  • Talk on external timber cladding
  • Larch disease seminar
  • Timber event at Woodschool in the Scottish Borders
  • Masterclass at University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • Timber event at the Green House in Inverness
  • Timber procurement event
  • External timber cladding seminar
  • Research seminar, Forest Research Agency, Alice Holt
  • IWSc annual conference, Oxford
  • Conference for architects on the Faroe Islands
  • Training seminar for ASHES
  • External timber cladding seminar
  • Timber research seminar


Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR102835)



  • Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier
  • ICE Publishing - Construction Materials
  • Forestry: International Journal of Forest Research. Oxford University Press
  • Peer reviewer, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Wood Material Science and Engineering


Visiting Positions

  • Module for MSc on Zero and low carbon design, Dundee University



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Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Exposure trial of external timber cladding

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