Wales and the Marches Team

Welcome to the Wales and the Marches Team

The Wales and the Marches Team are well placed geographically, with offices in Llandovery and Bala. The team are headed up by District Manager David Edwards, a chartered forester with over thirty five years experience in the industry. David was elected President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) in 2017. As with the rest of Tilhill Forestry, his diverse team have a balanced mix of more experienced people, as well as new graduates, fresh from taking their forestry or related qualifications. All of them share a passion for forestry and the environment we work in.

David Edwards

District Manager

Since graduating from Aberdeen University in 1984 David has worked in the private sector holding positions in England, Scotland and Wales. He joined Tilhill Forestry as District Manager for the former South Wales District in 2003 and took over responsibility for the newly formed Wales and Marches District in 2012. He has a broad breadth of forestry experience, landscape contracting and utility arboriculture.

He is a longstanding Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and was elected President in 2017. In addition to managing the Wales and The Marches District he is active in representing the Company, clients and wider sector in forestry matters.

Sonia Winder

Forest Manager

Sonia has worked in the forestry industry since leaving Wye College with a BSc in Rural Environmental Studies. She subsequently graduated from Bangor University in 1992 with an MSc in Environmental Forestry. She joined Tilhill Forestry and became a Chartered Forester in 1996. Sonia manages 800 hectares of mixed Welsh woodlands, and also carries out a variety of contracting work for private and public sector clients. This has included everything from tree safety surveys on veteran trees, to converting old colliery spoil tips to new amenity and commercial woodland. Her favourite part of the job is the variety of tree work which Tilhill Forestry undertakes.

David Crozier

Forest Manager

David joined Tilhill Forestry in 2014 as part of Tilhill Forestry’s graduate training programme. He covers the north west of Wales as part of our team managing client properties in that area. David completed a BSc Honours degree in Countryside Management at Harper Adams University and then went on to complete further qualifications in Leadership and Management and Arboriculture. Prior to joining Tilhill Forestry David gained practical woodland management experience by working as an estates manager in Derbyshire. David enjoys working in the north Wales area because of the diversity of woodland that Tilhill Forestry manage, from purely commercial crops, to multi use nationally important woodlands. He has developed an interest in forest diversification and adding value to commercial conifer plantations.

Simon Graham

Senior Forest Manager

Simon started in mid Wales with EFG in 1979 at the end of the last phase of serious ‘new planting’ and is now a Senior Forest Manager in the Bala office. Having been in the same locality and many of the same forests for a number of years, he has experienced the whole forest life cycle and the many parts of infrastructure that make up a working forest. Simon has been lucky enough to have worked with many skilled and experienced contractors who have been invaluable in delivering good quality work. Timber production has always been the driving objective, but this is easily combined with improving the amenity value with more diverse tree species and habitats. Having utilised all the various grant schemes over this period, he is used to meeting their demands, even if younger brains now have to help with the technology. Simon particularly enjoys working with forest owners to help ensure that they get pleasure as well as good returns from their properties. Roll on the next … well .. few years.

Simon Miller

Senior Forest Manager

Simon graduated from Aberdeen University in 1996 with a BSc Hons. in Forest Management. Since then Simon has worked exclusively within the forest industry and has worked in our Bala Office since 2004, managing a varied portfolio of woodlands in North West Wales. He has been instrumental in the development of Coed Llandegla forest which now welcomes in excess of 170,000 mountain bikers a year and is widely regarded as one of the best examples of a private sector woodland in the UK.

John Ferguson

Senior Forest Manager

John began working in forestry in 1978 on a small private estate before joining the Forestry Commission in South Ayrshire. Here he gained extensive practical experience in both harvesting and establishment, prior to attending Newton Rigg College in 1981-84. On leaving college, he worked as a harvesting processor contractor for 18 months, before joining the Forestry Commission in North Wales as a forester in 1985. In the 19 years with the Forestry Commission, John worked in both management of the FC estate (10 years) and then in grants and licences for 9 years. He joined Tilhill in 2007 and has been involved in all aspects of forest management from lowland mixed woodland to large commercial investment properties. John's portfolio is approximately 2,100ha of woodland and forest. He is currently in the process of attaining a CAA drone pilot licence for Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and has had chartered status in the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 2014.

Paul Manley

Senior Forest Manager

Paul enjoyed his first 7 years in Forestry working on a private estate. He then worked for a short time as a forestry and arboricultual contractor before joining Tilhill in 1996 in South East England. He managed a range of mixed woodlands whilst helping to develop the Contracting sector of the business. After 3 years he took up a permanent position to strengthen the Contracting business in North West England and Wales delivering a wide portfolio of successful and high profile projects over a 13 year period. After 2 years away from Tilhill, Paul re-joined in 2014 and now enjoys managing a variety of upland and lowland forests within the Wales and Marches district. Paul has a National Diploma in Forestry.

Sam Brown

Forest Manager

Sam has worked in Forestry since joining Tilhill in 2011. Prior to this, he worked in the building trade before studying Forestry at Bangor University and spending a placement year with a Forest Surveying firm working across the UK. Sam is based in the North Wales office and manages a diverse portfolio of client owned properties across mid and north Wales including productive conifer plantations, new planting sites and small native woodlands. He particularly enjoys the challenge of constructing forest roads and seeing new planting schemes through the planning and planting stage. In December 2016 Sam became a Chartered member of the institute of Chartered Foresters.

Chris Williams

Landscape Contracts Manager

Chris has worked as a landscape contract manager for over 15 years, gaining experience with a number of landscape companies before returning to Tilhill in 2017. He is responsible for identifying projects with landscaping opportunities and then pricing work for all the major construction companies as well as local authorities and private clients. Chris’s experience ranges from managing large landscape contracts worth up to £1 Million involving both hard and soft landscaping, as well as many smaller environmental projects for local authorities.

Christine Davies

District Administrator

Christine has worked in administration within the forestry industry since 1997 and is very experienced in all aspects of the business. She initially worked for BSW Harvesting before moving to Tilhill Forestry in 2002. Christine is the first point of contact within Wales & The Marches to deal with all queries. She is assisted by Sian Wood based in the Llandovery office and Cerys Lowe in the Bala office. Tilhill offer a Growing Timber Insurance Scheme to clients; Christine is authorised to place insurance on behalf of the insurance underwriters and therefore is always available to deal with any Growing Timber Insurance questions clients may have.

Alex Malkin

Assistant Forest Manager (Graduate)

Alex joined Tilhill on the Graduate Programme in July 2017, having graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc in Countryside Management. He has previous experience in the rough sawn and machined timber trades, having worked for the family timber merchants business in various departments over the years. An experienced gamekeeper and deerstalker for many years, his interests lie in maximising collaboration between the forestry and field sports sectors to promote joint growth and increase awareness within the rural community of the financial and biodiversity benefits of commercially managed woodlands.

Sian Wood

Admin Assistant

Siân joined Tilhill, Llandovery as an Admin Assistant in January 2012. She assists the Managers and the District Administrator in the daily running of a busy office. It is more than likely that Siân will be the one to pick up the phone when you call and will often speak Cymraeg/Welsh to you!

Alan Wilson

Forest Manager

Following an early career working on private forestry estates and a number of years in arboricultural contracting, Alan joined Tilhill Forestry in 2007 after graduating with a 1st Class degree in Forestry from Bangor University. Initially working on arboricultural and landscaping contracts in the North West of England and on securing new woodland creation projects for the Investment & Property team in South West Scotland, he moved to the Llandovery office in 2009, taking on a very varied woodland management portfolio. Covering extensive upland plantations, mixed lowland woods and a number of new woodland planting schemes throughout Mid and West Wales, Alan has a broad client base ranging from private individuals to the larger institutional investors. He is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and also holds the Technicians Certificate in Arboriculture, facilitating the delivery of tree safety and development site tree survey contracts to a wide range of clients.

Lawson Chater


Lawson joined Tilhill in 2009 after 35 years working as a harvesting contractor. He works with all the Forest Managers assisting them with the different types of works/contracts covered by the North Wales Office.

Iwan Parry

Senior Forest Manager

Based in Llandovery, Iwan manages a diverse forestry portfolio across the whole of South Wales; from upland conifer plantations to lowland woodlands and new planting schemes for a wide range of client and management objectives. As a senior manager, Iwan is responsible for all aspects of forest management for the properties – new planting, re-stocking, forest road construction, timber harvesting, timber marketing, property management, forest planning, public access, environmental conservation and regulations and client contact. The management of all client portfolios is in line with Tilhill Forestry’s Assurance Management System which is externally verified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), 14001 (Environmental Management) and 18001 (Health and Safety Management), giving you the complete assurance your property will be managed to the highest possible standard.

Iwan is a Chartered Forester and currently Chairman of the ICF Wales Regional Committee. He is happy and able to communicate fully in both English and Welsh.

Alun Morgan

Forestry Foreman

Alun started with Tilhill as a forest worker straight from school in 2008 and is now Foreman. He provides an important link between manager and contractor and is the Districts “go to guy” for many practical aspects of forestry. Alun has experience in all areas of forestry from planting and harvesting to running his own part-time sawmill and has been crowned Welsh Tree Felling Champion three times!

Alun has a real passion for Welsh forestry and maximising timber quality through delivering good silvicultural practice.

Luke Cross

Assistant Forest Manager

Luke began working in forestry after completing a BSc countryside management degree and MSc in Forest Management at Harper Adams University. He worked for the National Trust for 3 years carrying out motor-manual forestry operations in a lowland woodland.

Luke joined tilhill in june 2018 on to the graduate scheme as an assistant forest manager and is now working towards his professional portfolio and Institute of Chartered Forester accreditation.

With a non-rural background Luke changed careers from plumbing to forestry and feels incredibly lucky to fulfil a life-long ambition to work in forestry.

Daisy Sherwood

Assistant Forest Manager

Daisy joined Tilhill Forestry through the graduate training programme in September 2018, having just completed an MSc in Environmental Forestry from Bangor University. She is based in the Llandovery office and covers the South Wales region.

Daisy assists with the management of a varied woodland portfolio, the planning of new planting schemes, as well as contracting work for both the private and public sector. She is interested in forest diversification, particularly commercial recreation projects, that can work alongside timber production.