North & Central England Team

Welcome to the North and Central England Team

The North and Central England Team are located in four offices across England. The staff are a diverse team of professional forestry and harvesting managers. Each person brings a special skill set with them and, like the rest of Tilhill Forestry, the team has a balanced mix of experienced people, as well as new graduates, fresh from taking their forestry or related qualifications. The team are headed up by District Manager Stuart Pearson, a Chartered Forester with over thirty years in the industry. The team as a whole are dynamic and forward thinking and are always ready to take on the challenge of working on a difficult site in order to fully utilise their skills.

Stuart Pearson MICFor

District Manager

Stuart has worked in forestry for over 30 years and has experience of not only the Forestry Commission but
smaller forestry businesses as well as a stint being self-employed. All of which adds up to him bringing a well-rounded knowledge of the industry to Tilhill Forestry when he joined the company in 2003, after which he swiftly rose up the ranks to District Manager. Stuart looks after the North and Central England District which is comprised of four offices across the region.

Mark Scull BSc (Hons)

Forest Manager

Mark Scull joined Tilhill Forestry in 2008 and has been based at the Anglia office since it opened in early
2014. Mark’s expertise lies in tree establishment, whether it be re-stocking a previously felled site or the planting of new woodlands and the subsequent establishment maintenance. Mark’s key clients include the
Forestry Commission, the Woburn Estate, Center Parcs and Sibelco UK Ltd.

Warren Bishop FdSc For

Senior Forest Manager

Warren started off his forestry career as part of an estate forestry team before becoming self employed as a planting contractor. He then progressed into management and has been managing an expanding portfolio since joining the Tilhill Forestry team in February 2011. He has significant experience of contract management and implementation and has worked on various schemes ranging from large scale woodland
creation to heathland restoration and re-engaging with neglected woodlands.

David Conway BA (Hons)

Senior Forest Manager

David has over twenty years’ experience of working in forestry.  Undertaking his training with the National Trust, he has run his own forestry business and has been with Tilhill Forestry since 2000.  He manages 3700 hectares of predominantly productive conifer for clients, ranging from private individuals, Trusts and investment management companies.  David focusses on working with clients to maximise the return from their forest asset.


Matt Farrell BSc (Hons) For

Forest Manager

Matt covers the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. He manages an expanding forest portfolio across this area along with contracting work for clients such as United Utilities and The Woodland Trust. As well as managing commercial conifer forests Matt also has a background of managing mixed estate broadleaf woodlands in the lowlands. He gained a Forestry Degree at Bangor University and worked in the forest nursery industry before joining Tilhill Forestry in 2012.

James Harrison-Moore

Forest Manager

James started work for Tilhill in 2007, working within Tilhill’s Landscaping Division.  Following joining Tilhill’s Forest Management Team in 2013, James has progressed from Forest Supervisor to Forest Manager.   He has a wealth of experience of supervising and managing contractors, monitoring health and safety on site and maintaining work standards.  As well as managing and delivering projects for a growing base of clients which include FTSE100 companies, James assists the senior team with the ongoing management of both upland commercial conifer plantations and private estate woodlands. 



Simon Marrington

Senior Forest Manager

Simon has twenty years of public and private sector experience in the UK forest industry. He has an in-depth understanding of the York’s and Humber ‘Woodlands for Water’ initiative, having previously co-ordinated delivery of the Defra land management project ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering’.

In 2018. Simon was appointed by the Forestry Commission to act as an advisor for new planting schemes which contribute to flood alleviation’ and he is keen to increase the uptake of this regionally targeted funding amongst private landowners. Simon also has experience of delivering large scale operational forest management programmes, commercial Christmas tree production and the management of trees and woodlands on golf courses.

Ian Austermuhle

Forest Manager

Ian is the longest serving member of the North Yorkshire team and has been managing an expanding
portfolio for Tilhill Forestry since 2006. He has significant experience of contract management and implementation and has worked on various schemes ranging from large scale woodland creation to rhododendron clearance in native woodlands. Ian manages a diverse range of retained client properties within the North York Moors National Park including productive conifer plantations, small native woodlands and new planting sites.

David Brown MIC For

Senior Forest Manager

David is the fourth generation of forester within his family, having worked locally in the industry at
Hovingham since 1983. He has considerable experience of estate woodland management from establishment operations to timber production and marketing and is able to balance multiple management objectives, incorporating biodiversity, conservation, sporting and landscape needs. Woodlands under David’s stewardship have won multiple regional and national industry accolades including the RFS Duke of Cornwall award.

John Lees

Senior Forest Manager

John has 18 years’ experience in the forestry sector covering a vast range of disciplines including contracting, harvesting supervision, establishment, forest roading and operations of all scales. He has worked with Tilhill since 2001 managing mixed woodlands ranging from private individuals, investment management companies and Trusts. He has a BSc in Forest Management and chartered status with the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Dylan Cammack

Forest Manager

Dylan is a forest manager based in Kirkby Lonsdale and manages a number of forests and arboriculture projects throughout the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

He has practical and theoretical knowledge of arboriculture, the development of new woodlands, harvesting and restocking of sites.  Dylan manages both large scale conifer plantations and mixed broadleaf woodlands. He also works on securing new business contracts for the Company.

Dylan gained his Arboriculture Degree at the University of Central Lancashire and worked for Tilhill Forestry in Wales before joining the team in the North West.

Chris Grice MIC For

Senior Forest Manager

Hailing from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Chris followed military service with a move to Inverness and a place at the Scottish School of Forestry. Before joining his course, he was employed by Forest Enterprise as a pre-course student for two years, experience which he says has been invaluable because it gave him a thorough grounding in all aspects of forestry management and harvesting.

Chris began his professional career-life working as a beat forester in West Argyll with responsibility for forest management, conservation and recreation. As his role developed, he also took the lead in several hydro-electric and renewable energy projects. He then returned to Yorkshire and the North-East of England where he took a position as a Woodland Officer before joining Tilhill Forestry.

Tim Frost BSc (Hons)

Senior Forest Manager

Tim graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BSc (Hons) in Countryside Management in 2003. He has experience of working in both the private, public and charity sectors and describes himself as a business-focused countryside, land and recreation manager with experience in ecological restoration, rural estate management, visitor attraction operations and contract management. He has managed land for forestry, nature conservation, recreation, habitat restoration, military training and agriculture and is experienced in rural site operations, contract management and leading teams.

Most recently he managed the operation of High Lodge, a Forestry Commission Visitor Centre in Thetford Forest. Previous to that he worked for Borders Forest Trust, establishing new woodlands in the Scottish Borders and managing existing forests for a number of clients before joining Tilhill Forestry.

Jack Morris Wilson

Assistant Forest Manager

Jack has recently graduated in forestry from Bangor university. During university he worked as a forest surveyor across Wales and the Scottish borders, carrying out commercial surveys for thinning, clearfells and beat ups. He started working at Tilhill in the summer of 2018 assisting senior forest managers in the day to day running’s of the Midlands office.

Darryl Stubbs MICFor, BSc (Hons)

Senior Forest Manager

Darryl has worked in the forest industry since 1990 and has been with Tilhill Forestry since 2005. He has experience in a wide range of industry operations from  planting and establishment through to clear-felling and restocking. Darryl’s management portfolio covers over 2000 hectares of lowland forestry, from isolated farm woodlands to landed estates. His portfolio is mainly managed for timber production while improving and enhancing the sporting and environmental benefits whilst also adapting to minimise the effects of climate change, pests and diseases.

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