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 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.

Andrew Vaughan

Regional Manager

Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1986, Andrew initially worked in Caithness planting large-scale upland investment forests. He then progressed through estate forest management in Deeside, timber harvesting in Highland Perthshire, a woodland design, planting and management consultant working throughout the UK. He eventually joined Tilhill in 2004. This broad experience has been ideally suited to manage all aspects of retained client properties, the development of fixed price contracting and consultancy services, and latterly, significant woodland creation projects. Since 2012 the district managed area, client base and management team have steadily grown. Andrew has been an examiner for the Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Membership Entry and Assessment of Professional Competence levels since 2006. Additional duties also currently include participation with the Delivery Committee of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and membership of the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme Customer Representatives Group.

Julian Hollingdale BSc (Hons) MICFor

District Manager

Julian, North Highland District Manager, began his career at Tilhill 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'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.

Calum Murray

Business Development Manager

Having joined Tilhill 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 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.

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 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.

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 to become Head Forester at Bedford Estates, Woburn returning to Tilhill in 2010 in the North Highland region, working in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Highlands as a Senior Forest Manager.

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.

Rob Baker

Assistant Forest Manager

Rob recently joined the company having gained a First-Class honours degree in Forestry Management from the University of Cumbria. In the process of gaining this degree he picked up the Tilhill sponsored student prize for his final year submission.

Prior to joining Tilhill, Rob spent 7 years based in Warwickshire working as both a senior arborist for a local authority and running his own tree surgery business. He has also previously spent time in the north east of Scotland gaining experience in harvesting and processing operations.

His new role will see him support fellow managers across the district in planning and procurement of forest operations along with the monitoring of health, safety and environmental compliance.