Central Scotland Team

The Central Scotland Team are based in Dunblane, Perthshire. They are led by Andrew Vaughan, District Manager, who has over 32 years’ experience in the industry. His diverse team consists of a broad mix of individuals, all with a passion for forestry and the environment we work in. Each person brings a special skill set with them and, like the rest of Tilhill, have a balanced mix of older, more experienced people, as well as new graduates, fresh from taking their forestry or related qualifications. The District’s geographic coverage is especially diverse, from the urban fringe of the Central Belt, to the mountains of Highland Perthshire. Thus, their client base is particularly broad, ranging from small landowners to large private estates, developers, investors, other commercial businesses, local authorities, conservation bodies and Non Governmental Organisations (such as SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland). This requires a service tailored to the needs and objectives of each client, offering practical, cost-effective advice and management.

Andrew Vaughan BSc (Hons) FICFor

District Manager

Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1986, Andrew initially worked in Caithness planting large-scale upland investment forests, then progressed through Estate forest management in Deeside, timber harvesting in Highland Perthshire, and as a woodland design, planting and management consultant working throughout the UK, culminating in joining Tilhill in 2004. This broad experience has been ideally suited to manage all aspects of retained client properties, development of fixed price contracting and consultancy services and latterly, significant woodland creation projects, which (since 2012) has seen the District managed area, client base and management team steadily grow. An Examiner for the Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Membership Entry and Assessment of Professional Competence levels since 2006, additional duties also currently include participation with the Delivery Committee of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and membership of the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme Customer Representatives Group.

Darrell Boult BSc (Hons) Tech Cert Arb MICFor

Senior Forest Manager

Darrell leads a team of 4 Forest Managers covering the western half of the district and oversees all aspects of business generation, procurement and delivery. He is specifically responsible for managing timber harvesting, restocking programmes and large-scale productive woodland creation projects for key investment portfolios. This culminated in winning the James Jones Trophy, Scotland’s Finest Woodland Awards for the Jerah property in 2017. With a practical forestry background commencing in Cumbria in 1993, he graduated from Newton Rigg in 1999 and since joining Tilhill in 2003, has also had roles in Landscape contracting and Arboriculture. His personal interests include road/mountain biking and long distance open water swimming.

David Bruce BSc (Hons)

Senior Forest Manager

David graduated from Newton Rigg in 2004 and worked as a Woodland Officer with Forestry Commission Scotland Perth Conservancy and as Planning Forester with Forest Enterprise North Highland for nine years. David joined Tilhill in 2013 and leads a team of 5 forest managers covering the eastern half of the district, overseeing all aspects of work generation, grant applications and operational delivery, largely for private land owners, estates and farms. His particular area of expertise has been progressing a programme to generate Long Term Forest Plans for a number of large Estates and forest properties.

Sandy White OND

Senior Forest Manager

Sandy is one of our longest serving colleagues, having practiced forestry in Angus, Perthshire & Fife for over 30 years and experienced the transition from large scale conifer afforestation of the 1980’s to the multi benefit woodlands designed and managed today. He has a loyal client base of individual investors and family clients who have experienced successful investment with all the pleasures of owning a woodland. Sandy’s experience helps support the next generation of foresters, operating skilfully in the digitally connected environment, and his main roles are to progress with the design, planting, establishment and management of mainly lowland, mixed species farm and estate woodlands.

Bruce Spalding HND

Senior Forest Manager

Bruce has an extensive practical background, having started his forestry career in 1991 working in the Inverness area with EFG (Economic Forestry Group) under the Youth Opportunities Training Scheme. After completing his training, he spent the next 15 years undertaking practical forestry work. This ranged from being a self-employed chainsaw operator in Morayshire to working as a foreman in a large planting squad in Wester Ross, before settling in Perthshire in an estate forestry squad for 9 years. During his time on the estate, Bruce spent a 2 month sabbatical in Finland attending a forwarder operator’s course, and also gained an HND in Forestry at Newton Rigg College through part time study. Having started his forest management career in 2006, Bruce then joined Tilhill in 2009 as Assistant Forest Manager before progressing to Forest Manager and now Senior Forest Manager. His specific duties include management of two key investment portfolios, involving harvesting and restocking. He also leads on significant woodland creation projects for the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland and private investors, culminating in winning the James Jones Trophy, Scotland’s Finest Woodland Awards for the Warroch Hill property in 2015. Bruce enjoys attending Royal Scottish Forestry Society outings and spends most of his spare time in the outdoors either fishing or hill walking.

Graham Newport

Forest Manager

Graham joined Tilhill in 2007 having worked for 3 years previously as a self-employed woodland surveyor and site supervisor, preceded by project manager appointments with the North Highland Forest Trust, the Clyde Valley Woodlands Initiative and BTCV Conservation Contracts. He manages harvesting and restocking projects in investment and Estate woodland properties around Stirling and the Ochil Hills. Graham has a specific interest in native woodlands, tree condition surveying and practical knowledge of building lowland/upland paths. His personal interests include running and canoeing.

Rob Cleaver BSc

Forest Manager

Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1998, Rob initially worked as a forester designing and planting woodland creation projects, including large native schemes at Loch Etive for a private Estate and Glen Sherup for the Woodland Trust. From 2004 to 2014, he transferred his skills to soft landscaping, progressing to become a self-employed forestry and landscaping contractor, before joining Tilhill in 2014. His role includes management of specific investment properties, involving preparing forest plans, mapping, procuring and supervising timber harvesting, restocking and also woodland creation. Rob’s personal interests include road cycling, running and open water swimming.

Alex Macpherson BSc (Hons)

Assistant Forest Manager

Alex studied Biology at the University of Edinburgh and after a brief spell as a chef, joined Tilhill under the Graduate Recruitment Scheme in 2014, initially based in South West Scotland assisting with the management of investment properties. He transferred to the Central Scotland district in 2017 and is tasked with assisting the management of key investment properties, including planning and supervising harvesting, restocking and woodland creation projects. His interests include climbing, walking, SCUBA diving and surfing.

Jamie Adcock BSc (Hons)

Assistant Forest Manager

Jamie joined the team in 2016 under the Graduate Recruitment Programme and supports his team of managers planning and procuring forest operations and monitoring safety, quality and environmental compliance. He brings innovation and use of new mapping technologies to the team, and has a growing base of clients and larger projects involving woodland creation, forest restructuring and business development. In his free time Jamie enjoys skiing, kitesurfing, hiking and surfing.

Mike Page BSc

Assistant Forest Manager

Mike is our most recent graduate recruit in 2017 and originally studied Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh before commissioning into the Royal Artillery. He served for five years as a Commando Gunner before leaving to retrain as a baker. Mike quickly tired of the 2am starts and decided to pursue a career in forestry. This involved two years of Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College, York followed by an Honours year in Forestry at the University of Cumbria. Mike is initially tasked with supporting his team of managers, planning, procuring and supervising forest operations and will then take responsibility for specific properties and projects. His interests include running, hillwalking and reading.