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.

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.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.

  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.

  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  4. 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.  For further information contact Suzi Christie PR Consultant for UPM Tilhill on 01435 830031 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Further information is available at UPM Tilhill