Our Directors

George McRobbie BSc FICFor

Managing Director

With over 40 years in forestry, George is one of the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced figures.

George joined the Board of Tilhill (then known as UPM Tilhill) in 2001 and became Managing Director in 2012. Based at the company’s headquarters in Scotland, he leads an award-winning team working from a network of offices throughout the UK.

George is renowned for his broad knowledge of the industry, having been involved in every aspect from uplands to lowlands including: large and small-scale planting; investment appraisals and forest valuations; timber harvesting and marketing; land-use capability surveys and health and safety, as well as helping set government strategies.

George has been heavily involved in industry strategy throughout his career with a highlight being his role as Chairman of the UK Forest Industries Sustainability Strategy Group which published ‘Naturally Wood’ – a ground-breaking report on the sustainable development of the forestry industry. The report was very important as it laid the foundation for establishing the industry’s credentials.

 


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Peter Whitfield BSc Forestry

Business Development Director

Peter studied forestry at Aberdeen University and, since graduating in 1978, has enjoyed more than 30 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 Forestry (then known as UPM Tilhill) in 2002 as Timber Operations Manager. Since 2006 Peter has been Tilhill’s Director Timber Operations, responsible for the company’s harvesting operation and procurement in both roundwood and biomass for a range of customers across the UK including all the key processors.

Peter has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters for over 10 years and contributes to the industry with his involvement in several different groups. He is heavily involved in Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA) groups relating to training and health and safety.

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 Forestry as a forest manager. He has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities in the industry over the last 37 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 number s 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.

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 Forestry 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 Forestry 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.

Gavin Adkins ACMA

Commercial 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 Forestry Board as Commercial Director on acquisition by BSW in 2015.

Gavin brings to the Board a broad range of commercial experience and a sustained record of success in the forestry products marketplace.

Harry Stevens

Timber Buying Director