John Ferguson, Area 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 a fully qualified CAA drone pilot with a licence for Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and has had chartered status in the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 2014.