Our Team

Tilhill Forestry employs a team of forestry investment experts dedicated to helping clients find and acquire suitable forests or woodlands.

If you want to know more about forestry and woodland investment then our team should be your first call.

Bruce Richardson

Senior Investment Forester

Bruce originally worked in the financial services industry, holding a variety of senior roles in information technology, programme management, strategic planning and business intelligence.

After completing a Masters degree in Forestry he joined Tilhill Forestry in 2012 as a graduate trainee working in forestry management. He soon moved into the Investment and Property Team where he applies his investment analysis skills in a forestry context.

Bruce supports both individual and corporate clients with property acquisition, valuation and woodland creation projects. He also leads on a number of internal projects such as the Forest Market Report.

Tel: 01387 711211. Mobile: 07789 946542. Email: bruce.richardson@tilhill.com

Peter Chappell

Senior Investment Forester

Peter is a Forest Management Graduate from the University of Aberdeen and in 2004 completed an MSc at Imperial College in Forest Protection and Conservation. He gained Chartered Forester status in 2010.

Peter has hands-on forestry experience as well as impressive academic qualifications. Prior to joining Tilhill Forestry, Peter started his career as a timber harvesting forester in South West Scotland for the Forestry Commission.

He joined Tilhill Forestry in 2007 as a forest manager in South Wales before a spell with UPM in Finland, Tilhill's parent company at the time.

Being based at the busy South Wales District Office helps incorporate into his appraisal work the most up-to-date market subtleties and most relevant forest assessments methods. It also means he can work closely with the forestry and harvesting managers and, in the process, gain the best possible local knowledge of off market opportunities.

Tel: 01550 721442. Mobile: 07825 351989. Email: peter.chappell@tilhill.com

Erik Odendaal

Senior Investment Forester

Originally from Zimbabwe, Erik comes from a farming and forestry background. He initially spent 5 years working in the safari industry and the family business (farming and forestry).

Having emigrated to the UK in 2001, Erik continued to gain forestry experience in both the UK and Finland, as well as gaining an Honours degree in Business Management with Finance. He is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and is currently working towards membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Erik has been with Tilhill Forestry for 7 years, of which 6 have been with the Investment and Property (I&P) Team.

Erik is a key member of the team and is mostly involved with property acquisitions, investment advice and valuations to a wide range of clients.

Tel: 01387 711211. Mobile: 07500 950832. Email: erik.odendaal@tilhill.com

Alex MacKinnon BSC (Hons)

Forest Manager

Alex works with Tilhill's Investment & Property Team on the acquisition of new property for our clients. In addition, he has recently joined the Southern England forestry team having just moved back to the area from Scotland.

As well as gaining experience with the investment team he is looking forward to utilising his forest management skills in the area he grew up in.