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George McRobbie appointed Forestry Commissioner

Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of Scottish Ministers, has approved the appointment of George McRobbie as Forestry Commissioner for Scotland and the timber trade.

Mr McRobbie, currently Managing Director of UPM Tilhill, will serve for a three-year term of office from 1st April 2015.

George McRobbie

George McRobbie

He is very well known for his broad knowledge of the forestry industry, having excellent experience in a wide range of its sectors over a number of years.

Mr McRobbie is an active member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, becoming a Fellow in 1990 and was elected as President in 1998 for two years.

Delighted with the appointment, Mr McRobbie commented:
“I am very pleased and honoured to be appointed to this important position during what I expect to be a very challenging period for the Forestry Commission as the devolution of forestry continues.
“An important part of my role will be to ensure that the timber trades’ views from both Scotland and England are represented and taken into account by the Forestry Commission.”

Mr McRobbie joined the Board of UPM Tilhill in 2001 and became Managing Director in 2012. Based at the company’s headquarters in Scotland, he leads a team working from a network of offices throughout the UK.

Scottish Ministers, No 10 and HM The Queen have also approved the re-appointment of Scottish Commissioner Amanda Bryan for a further three-year term of office from August 2015. Jo O’Hara has also been approved as an Executive Commissioner for Scotland.

The Board of Forestry Commissioners oversees the work of the Forestry Commission on behalf of Ministers.

UPM Tilhill, established more than 60 years ago, is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. UPM Tilhill is the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor.


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