Central Borders Team

The Central Borders Team are based in Jedburgh with Eddie Addis as District Manager. A strong, professional and experienced team, able to offer clients all aspects of forestry services, timber harvesting and marketing and environmental and wildlife services tailored to individual needs. The team is composed of a broad range of individuals all of whom have a passion for forestry and the environment we work in. The newer members of the team have brought with them fresh ideas, IT expertise and a new look to traditional problems in the forestry world. This adds an extra dimension to the depth of forest management experience that the established members of the District team provide.

Eddie Addis

District Manager

Eddie grew up in a rural environment in Argyll where his family background was in forestry and farming, which led to a career in the forest industry. After graduating in 2000 he started working in forest management before moving to focus on harvesting. Eddie joined Tilhill Forestry in 2011 and returned to concentrate on forest management as part of the Central Scotland District team, before moving to the Scottish Borders in 2014 to take up the role of District Manager. Whilst the majority of his professional experience has been based in Scotland it covers most aspects of forestry practice from the rocky uplands of Argyll to the rolling hills of Southern Scotland.

Andy Dunsmuir BSc Hons

Senior Forest Manager

Andy has worked at the Central Borders office in Jedburgh since April 2001. This period has seen significant forested areas restructured to meet UKFS and comply with UKWAS certification process. Two notable highlights include winning Scotland’s Finest Woodlands Awards in 2011 and 2014, the John Kennedy Trophy for Quality Timber, where high quality timber production is a major objective. Helping to develop new schemes to meet Scottish Government Woodland Creation targets provides different challenges and rewards. Currently an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Andrew Fisher BSc (Hons)

Forest Manager

Andrew studied at Harper Adams University graduating in 2013 and immediately started with Tilhill on the Graduate Development Programme in the Central Borders office. Andrew’s studies gave him a wide range of knowledge with regard to land use and management including and outside of forestry. Having since completed the Graduate Development Programme and built up a breadth of experience, Andrew took up the post of Forest Manager in 2015. During his time with Tilhill Andrew has been focused on commercial forestry management and large scale woodland creation for a wide range of forest owners.

Byron Braithwaite BSc (Hons) For

Forest Manager

Byron joined Tilhill Forestry in 2015 following the completion of his degree at Bangor University. As part of the degree programme he spent a year at the University of British Columbia and a year working with Forestry Commission Scotland in Central Scotland, both of which offered opportunities to broaden his views and gain valuable experience. Having worked alongside Senior Forest Managers and completed the Graduate Development Programme over the last few years at Tilhill Forestry, Byron now manages a broad range of forests in the Scottish Borders. Outside of Tilhill, Byron enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Aleksi Ehtee BSc (For.), MSc (For.), M (Env. Mgmt.)

Forest Manager

Aleksi has broad forestry and environmental management education and experience in the UK, Finland, Canada and the United States. Since joining Tilhill in 2013, he has undertaken a variety of forest management work in both Scotland and England. Aleksi manages a portfolio of forest properties, including commercial conifer plantations, large-scale native woodland restoration projects and farm woodlands. Forestry runs in Aleksi’s family, as both sides of the family are active small forest owners. In his free time he likes to stay active, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

Matthew Wilson BSc

Forest Manager

Having studied and gained a BSc in Forest and Woodland Management from Newton Rigg, Matthew spent nine years working within timber harvesting. He worked his way up to Area Manager covering and developing operations initially in the NE England and S/E Scotland before moving into SW Scotland and building harvesting operations up to 150,000 tonne programme on that side. A recent change of direction into Forest Management within NE England / SE Scotland sees him now overseeing the management of forests that in previous years he was responsible for harvesting.

Richard Hartley

Assistant Forest Manager

Richard joined the Jedburgh office in 2016 after completing a Postgraduate diploma in Forestry Management at Harper Adams University. Prior to this he served for over 10 years in the British Army. This is Richard’s first professional forestry job, he has been heavily involved with the implementation of the woodland creation project at Larriston and is now broadening his experience, supporting other managers in a wide range of tasks as part of his training as an Assistant Forest Manager. Richard is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and is working towards Professional Membership Entrance.

Simon Blagg BSc (Hon) Countryside and Environmental Management

Assistant Wildlife Manager

Simon recently graduated from Harper Adams University with a degree in Countryside and Environmental Management. After spending his placement year working as a Trainee Game Keeper focusing on the management of Red deer in North Perthshire, Simon returned to university to complete his final year, where he focused on forestry, wider wildlife and environmental management. After returning to North Perthshire for a short while, Simon started working with the Central Borders team as an Assistant Wildlife Manager early 2017. He enjoys the new role as it provides new opportunities, experiences and responsibility.