Forestry Commissioner for Scotland

George McRobbie



George McRobbie is currently the Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry Limited (trading as UPM Tilhill) and has over 30 years experience in the forestry and timber sectors. He has a BSc in Forestry from Aberdeen University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (FICFor).

His current Directorships include Executive Director at Tilhill Forestry Limited and Non-executive Director of Confor. He has also held various other non-executive director roles in forestry–related groups and organisations.

Forestry Commissioner for Scotland

Forestry Commissioners have a number of specific statutory duties and powers, summarised in the Forestry Act as:

  • promoting the interests of forestry
  • the development of afforestation
  • the production and supply of timber and other forest products

In practice, these mainly relate to providing incentives (grants), regulation though controls on felling, plant health issues and managing the public forest estate.

The Commissioners have a legal duty to seek a reasonable balance between the production and supply of timber and the interests of conservation. In promoting the multiple benefits of forestry, they also seek to take careful account of people’s needs and wishes, including local communities.