North Highland Team

Welcome to the North Highland Team

The North Highland Team is based in Inverness with an additional North East Area office in Huntly. The team is headed up by Julian Hollingdale, District Manager, who has been with Tilhill Forestry for seventeen years. As with the rest of Tilhill Forestry, his diverse team has a balanced mix of experienced people and newcomers, all of them sharing a passion for forestry and the environment we work in.

Julian Hollingdale BSc (Hons) MICFor

District Manager

Julian, North Highland District Manager, began his career at Tilhill Forestry 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 the Institute of Chartered Foresters 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 after 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 Forestry's Graduate Recruitment Scheme. Since then he has worked mostly on new planting schemes. He manages two Forestry Commission Scotland 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 is hoping to build a house in the next few years.

Duncan Scott

Senior Forest Manager

Duncan has been working within the Forestry 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 Forestry as a Forest Manager within the Scottish Borders/north east England area in 2011 before transferring to the North Highland District 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

Senior 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 Forestry he has become a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and has been heavily involved in the development of Scottish Rural Development Programme woodland creation projects, with a particular emphasis on native woodland expansion. This involves the detailed site appraisal of soil and vegetation, preparation of the grant application, and implementation of forest operations in accordance with the 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, at 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 the south of Scotland as a Graduate Trainee and Assistant Forest Manager. In 1996 he became a Chartered Forester and Forest Manager in the south and south west of Scotland. When Shotton and Tilhill merged in 1997, David continued to work in the Scottish Borders and the south west of Scotland as a Forest Manager, Assistant District Manager and Contract Manager. In 1999 he left Tilhill Forestry to become Head Forester at Bedford Estates, Woburn returning to Tilhill Forestry in 2010 in the North Highland region, working in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Highlands as a Senior Forest Manager.

Calum Murray

Business Development Manager

Having joined Tilhill Forestry at the start of 2016 in West Highland District, Calum moved back to the Grampian area in 2018 and it is here that he has spent much of his 20 year career as a Forest Manager. He has a leading role in developing the service that Tilhill Forestry can offer in north east Scotland for existing or new clients with forests in need of expert management, or landowners with exciting new woodland creation projects of any scale. Calum would be delighted to offer professional advice to anyone who is looking to release the full potential of their forest or landholding.