Central Borders Team

Welcome to the Central Borders Team

The Central Borders Team are based in Jedburgh with Eddie Addis as Regional Manager. It is a strong, professional and experienced team, able to offer clients all aspects of forestry services. The services that Tilhill can offer include 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

Regional 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 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.

Byron Braithwaite BSc (Hons) For

Area Manager

Byron joined Tilhill 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, Byron now manages a broad range of forests in the Scottish Borders. Outside of Tilhill, Byron enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

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)

Senior 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.

Matthew Wilson BSc

Area 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 change of direction into Forest Management within NE England / SE Scotland saw him overseeing the management of forests that in previous years he was responsible for harvesting. In 2020 Matthew became Area Manager for Central Scotland with a focus on delivering woodland creation opportunities.

Dan Wilson

Assistant Forest Manager

Dan’s meanderings between Dundee and Glasgow resulted in a Criminological Studies degree and experience working in a construction office but failed to sate his appetite for the outdoors. After fleeing south to his native region of the Scottish Borders he found a passion for forestry through work as a tree planter.

Currently working his way through the Graduate program, Dan is benefitting from working under Senior Forest Manager Andy Dunsmuir to develop his knowledge and skills. He enjoys the varied nature of the Assistant Manager role and the chance to learn from a range of experienced managers.

Simon Blagg BSc (Hon) Countryside and Environmental Management

Assistant Wildlife Manager

Simon 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.

Stuart Deeks

Forestry Supervisor

Stuart joined Tilhill in November 2011 having worked for private forestry owners since 1991.

He assists the Central Borders' managers with forestry contracts that cover various areas of southern Scotland and north east England.

Alex Flinn

Forest Manager

After leaving school in 2008, Alex started working in forestry and arboriculture where he soon discovered his passion for forestry, which led him to study forest and woodland management at university in 2013. After graduating from Cumbria University in 2016, Alex was selected to join Tilhill through the graduate programme. Until recently, he assisted the team across the West Highlands, helping with all aspects of forest management from lowland mixed woodland to large commercial investment properties. Alex has now joined the Central Borders team as Forest Manager.

Gary Waters

Assistant Forest Manager

Gary works in Tilhill's Central Borders office in Jedburgh helping the Senior Forest Managers within the region with the stewardship of numerous established forests and woodland creation schemes.

This primarily involves surveying the clients property to assess the health and condition of the forest and arranging for the required maintenance to be carried out.

Gary grew up working for his family arboriculture and landscaping business and always had an interest in the natural sciences. This led him to study Woodland Ecology and Conservation at the National School of Forestry in Ambleside. After graduating in July 2019, he was offered a job with Tilhill under the widely recognised graduate scheme.

Elaine Meadows

Admin Assistant

Elaine has worked for 30 years in administration and joined Tilhill in 2009, she provides admin support for the Forest Manager’s and the District Administrator, based at Jedburgh.

She is also the first point of contact and always happy to help clients, stalking tenants and members of the public.

Elaine also keeps the stalking tenants database up to date, and provides support for our Harvesting and Wildlife Manager.