North Highland Team

The North Highland Team are based in Inverness with an additional North East Area office in Huntly. The team are headed up by Phil Di-Duca, District Manager, a chartered forester with over 26 years’ experience in the industry. As with the rest of Tilhill, his diverse team have a balanced mix of experienced people, all of them sharing a passion for forestry and the environment we work in.

Phil Di-Duca

District Manager

Phil is a chartered forester with over 26 years forestry experience, 23 of these working in west and north Scotland. After leaving college he started his career in forestry working in the forest and gaining valuable range of practical experience from woodland establishment through to harvesting. He has managed a wide variety of woodland and environmental projects including new woodland creation, habitat restoration, landscaping and harvesting throughout his career. For the last eight years he has headed up a team of seven foresters in the North Highland district covering the North Highlands of Scotland.

Julian Hollingdale BSc (Hons) MICFor

Senior Forest Manager

Julian began his career at Tilhill in 2001 as an Assistant Forest Manager in Oban, West Highland District. From 2003 to 2010 he worked for the South East District as a Contracts Manager working on a wide range of soft and latterly hard landscaping projects. He moved north to Inverness as a Senior Forest Manager working on both woodland creation schemes and managing commercial forests. Julian has been a professional member of ICF since 2013 and an ICF assessor since 2016.

Warwick Taylor

Forest Manager

Warwick works as a Forest Manager covering the Moray and Aberdeenshire area. He joined the company in 2014 as part of a change of career, having previously been in the Royal Air Force. He studied a one-year Forestry MSc at Aberdeen University and gained a place on Tilhill’s Graduate Recruitment Scheme. Since then he has worked mostly on new planting schemes and manages two such FCS contracts as well as Grumack Forest. Once upon a time Warwick’s hobbies were skiing, hillwalking, surfing, running and travel but then he became a parent and is now occupied with other things. He is still a keen runner and orienteer and hopes to do more skiing and hillwalking in the years to come. He hopes to build a house in the next few years.

Duncan Scott

Senior Forest Manager

Duncan has been working within the Forest Industry since 2006. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Forest Management and has since had spells of employment with both the Forestry Commission and ADAS. He joined Tilhill as a Forest Manager within the Scottish Borders/North East England in 2011 before transferring to the North Highland office in 2014. Duncan manages properties throughout the Highlands and has more recently been involved with Landscaping & Peatland Restoration Projects. Outside of work he likes to stay active through a multitude of sports and the dreaded DIY.

Callum Nicholson

Forest Manager

Callum joined Tilhill Forestry in 2016 after seven years working for Forest Enterprise in the North of Scotland. He completed his BSc in Forestry and Conservation with distinction from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2016. Callum’s background is in forest establishment and maintenance operations, GIS mapping and the preparation of forest management plans for both commercial forest properties and native woodlands . Since joining Tilhill he has been heavily involved in the development of SRDP woodland creation projects, with a particular emphasis on native woodland expansion. This involved detailed site appraisal of soil and vegetation, preparation of the grant application and implementation of forest operations in accordance with United Kingdom Forestry Standard.

Tim Westmoreland

Forest Manager

Having worked as a self-employed painter and decorator, Tim changed careers and studied Forest Management as a mature student, attending Newton Rigg School of Forestry at the University of Cumbria. He has spent his forestry career based in Inverness, primarily working in the Highlands. Tim's main responsibilities have been managing woodland creation, restock planting works and forest planning. Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his young family, reading and walking.

David Hardie

Senior Forest Manager

After leaving the Royal Navy submarine service in 1988, David went to Edinburgh University and studied Ecology with Forestry Honours. He joined Shotton Forest Management in 1992, working in Wales and South Scotland as a Graduate Trainee and Assistant Forest Manager. In 1996 he became a chartered forester and Forest Manager in South and South West Scotland. When Shotton and Tilhill merged in 1997, David continued to work in the Scottish Borders and SW Scotland as Forest Manager, Assistant District Manager and Contract Manager. In 1999 he left Tilhill to become Head Forester at Bedford Estates Woburn and in 2010 he rejoined Tilhill in the North Highland region, working in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Highlands as Senior Forest Manager.