Our Directors

Gavin Adkins ACMA

Managing Director

Gavin began his career qualifying as a CIMA Accountant within FMCG food manufacturing industry where he obtained an extensive background within finance functions before broadening his experience base with established leading timber processors, managing complex supply chain programmes.

He joined the timber industry in 2002, spending 10 years in panelboard manufacture in both financial and procurement roles. Gavin was Chairman of the Wood Panel Industry Federation from 2008 to 2012.

In 2013 Gavin joined BSW Timber as Purchasing Director and subsequently joined the Tilhill Board as Commercial Director on acquisition by BSW in 2015 bringing to the Board a broad range of commercial experience and a sustained record of success in the forestry products marketplace.

Gavin was made Managing Director of Tilhill in October 2019.

Tim Liddon BSc Hons FICFor

Forestry Director

Tim grew up with forestry in the South West of England where his father had a forestry business. He studied Forestry in Aberdeen graduating in 1980, when he went on to join Tilhill as a forest manager. He has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities in the industry over the last 40 years.

After a spell in landscaping in Central Scotland he moved to Yorkshire and worked in a diverse range of operational work from landscaping in Tyneside, Community woodland creation in Teeside, to investment and estate forestry in Yorkshire. In his time in Yorkshire he was also Chairman Yorkshire Division Royal Forestry Society – 1996-1998.

In 2001 he moved to South West Scotland managing commercial investment forestry in that area. In 2007 he was instrumental in planning and delivering the Eskdalemuir Timber haul road, and also managed the rising restock programme and its associated challenges of large weevil numbers and an increasing deer population. 2009 saw promotion to Regional Manager for Scotland and responsibility for forestry and landscaping. In 2014 he became a founder Director of the then Sitka Spruce Breeding Cooperative (now the Conifer Breeding Cooperative), which is a public private partnership to ensure the improvement of productive Conifer continues.

In 2015 Tim was appointed to the Tilhill Board as Forestry Director. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 2004. He continues to seek solutions and to raise standards in forestry - from large scale re afforestation, weevil and deer management to protecting the workforce and the environment.

Harry Stevens

Timber Buying Director

Having left school at the age of 18 Harry worked in Agriculture for a year and then started with the Forestry Commission at the age of 19 in the New Forest.  Initially working for Forest Surveys and then on the squad.

After three years Harry attended Newton Rigg and studied forestry at Diploma level.  As part of the course Harry undertook a middle year at Buccleuch estates at Bowhill and was involved in management of continuous cover silvicultural systems.

Since leaving college Harry has had several posts with the production side of the sector.  Initially with Harvesting and Marketing operations, and more latterly log buying with BSW since 2005.

Harry has bought and sold standing and roadside roundwood from the south of England to the north of Scotland.

Since the acquisition of Tilhill Harry had been a member of the Board concentrating on the coordination of supply of logs into the BSW total log requirement.

Peter Whitfield BSc(For) FICFor, MRICS

Business Development Director

Peter studied forestry at Aberdeen University and, since graduating in 1978, has enjoyed more than 40 years in commercial forestry.

After spending five years with the Forestry Commission in South Wales and North Scotland, Peter spent 14 years in Swaziland where he managed 70,000ha of fast-growing pine plantations for a pulp mill, with responsibility for the growing and supply of one million tonnes per year to the mill.

After returning to the UK in 1997 he continued to work as a commercial forester for BSW Harvesting as Regional Manager before joining Tilhill (then known as UPM Tilhill) in 2002 as Timber Operations Manager. From 2006 to 2017 Peter was Tilhill’s Director of Timber Operations and is now the company's Business Development Director.

Peter has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters for several years and contributes to the industry with his involvement in different industry advisory groups within Confor and the Forestry Commission.

Iggy Dunn

Finance Director

Iggy has a BSC (Hons) in Mathematics and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).

She is from Dunfermline and has been a member of the Tilhill Finance and Management team since 2001. During this time she has seen the business grow from a turnover of £14 million to £120 million.

Before joining Tilhill  Iggy worked in financial roles in a number of large companies including Safeway, Beiersdorf UK Ltd, Whitbread, Gestetner and Sainsbury’s Homebase. In her spare time Iggy enjoys skiing, badminton, cooking and travelling.