George McRobbie to step down as Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry
By: Tilhill Forestry Ltd.
George is not announcing his retirement and will continue as a Director within the BSW Group. Based at Group Headquarters in Earlston, he will continue as Director of BSW Timber Limited and Non-Executive Director of Maelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd. He will also represent BSW on the Board of Confor.
With over 40 years in forestry, George is one of the industry's most knowledgeable and experienced figures. The BSW Timber Ltd is therefore delighted that he wishes to continue his extensive career at Group level.
George said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Tilhill's MD for the past 7 years but the time has come for me to hand over the reins to younger blood. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Tilhill Forestry and I like to think that I have played a part in the transformation of the business since I first joined the Tilhill Board back in 2001. There are exciting opportunities for me to develop elsewhere in the BSW Group and I am relishing that new challenge."
George's successor will be Gavin Adkins; the Board will otherwise remain unchanged.
Gavin began his career qualifying as a CIMA Accountant within the FMCG food manufacturing industry. He joined the timber industry in 2002 and was Chairman of the Wood Panel Industry Federation from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 Gavin joined BSW Timber as Purchasing Director and subsequently joined the Tilhill Forestry Board as Commercial Director upon acquisition by BSW in 2015.
BSW Group CEO Tony Hackney said: "I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to George who has, throughout his 7 years as Managing Director, guided Tilhill Forestry with a steady hand to make it the Company it is today. I also wish to congratulate Gavin on his new appointment. It is undoubtedly a significant role at the best of times but particularly more so in the challenging market conditions we are all currently experiencing. However, it is also a role that also brings significant opportunities to build the Tilhill Forestry business, aided by renewed National Government commitments to promote forestry in general and tree planting in particular.
"I'm sure that Gavin's enthusiasm and determination will enable him to continue to build upon Tilhill's success. I am also pleased to be able to continue working with George and utilising the wealth of knowledge he brings to BSW of the forest industry. I wish both George and Gavin every success in their roles."
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