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The Team

Our passion and dedication to forestry has helped us create a diverse and skilled team to serve our clients’ best interests.

Encompassing a wide range of specialisms within our organisation, we can excel in all that we do. You are invited to take the opportunity to read a profile on each member of the management and technical forestry team.

Graham Taylor MBE, FICFor.

Managing Director

Following a forestry degree at Bangor, Graham moved to Herefordshire in 1990. In 1993 he joined Pryor and Rickett Silviculture as a forester, becoming a Director in 1998 on incorporation. He is personally responsible for over 10,000 acres of forested land in England and has overseen the growth of the company in recent years.

For many years, Graham has been responsible for specialist timber harvesting in the highly sensitive nature reserves of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and on people’s doorsteps in the community woodlands of Redditch. He has also been instrumental in developing the commercial forestry side of the business, managing investments in the uplands of Wales and further afield, whilst keeping a close eye on the forestry freehold markets. He now oversees the technical forestry team in England, and provides consultancy services throughout the UK.

Graham was awarded an MBE for services to forestry in 2017.

Location: Head Office
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Ian Barrington BSc. (For), FICFor

Director

Ian is a graduate of Bangor University (1998), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (2001). He joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 1999 as an assistant forest manager, where he worked for approaching 7 years. Following a period with a larger organisation, Ian returned in 2009 to further develop the management of the Company’s Welsh portfolio. He became a Director in 2011, and a fellow of the ICF in 2016.

Specialising in the management of mainly commercial forest assets, Ian also has a wealth of experience in the management of lowland mixed woodland, and in other areas where his interest in continuous cover forestry management principles can be applied.

Ian oversees the technical forestry team in Wales and Scotland, as well as providing investment and consultancy services throughout the UK.

Location: Scotland Office
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Arthur Wiggins BSc.(For)

Senior Forest Manager

Arthur graduated from Bangor University in 2003. His forestry career began as a survey forester working all over the UK, before he settled on Mid Wales to become a forest manager. He joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2009, following an active period for a large forest management company.

He has developed a very sound understanding of upland forestry, and specialises in the management of large commercial assets for investment clients. Over the past decade, Arthur has been responsible for the management of over 3,000 hectares of forest across Wales, and during the same period, delivered a broad range of forestry contracting services for a variety of client types.

Arthur is responsible for client properties in mid-Powys and Ceredigion.

Location: Wales Office
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Colleen Geoghegan BSc. (For), MSc. (Env For)

Forest Manager

Colleen holds a forestry degree from her native country of Ireland (2008) and a Master’s in Environmental Forestry from Bangor University, Wales (2011). She is also an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Following her experience of the tree nursery trade in Ireland and the UK, Colleen joined Pryor and Rickett Silviculture in 2011 as a Forest Manager based at our Brecon office. She is actively involved in the delivery of operational work programmes across a diverse portfolio of woodlands, from shooting and amenity estates managed under a continuous cover regime to upland plantations managed on a more commercial basis.

With a very sound understanding of forest management, Colleen has settled into a key role managing client properties throughout Camarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys. Colleen also leads the administration of the company’s UKWAS Certification Scheme

Location: Wales Office
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Julian Burchby BSc. (For) MICFor

Regional Manager – South

Julian is a graduate of Bangor University (2001). He began his career initially in Devon and Somerset, where he worked on forestry and landscape contracting projects until 2006.

After a period of intense commercial contracting, undertaking forestry, landscaping and ground maintenance operations on a wide variety of sites including landfills, military training areas, quarries, airports and new roads, Julian later joined a small ecological consultancy company in 2011 to run their in house contracting operations. There he gained experience of protected species legislation, mitigation and work on large scale flood alleviation schemes and aquatic enhancement works, much of which was done in an urban situation, and the challenges that working environment can present.

Julian joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in early 2012 to focus on estate based woodland management, and brings with him experience of contracting, especially woodland establishment and planning, overseeing a wide range of operations, utilising direct labour and contractors, and ensuring the most suitable team and machinery is on site for the required task.

Julian oversees the forest management team in southern England, as well as managing key client properties in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Location: South West Office
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Andrew Pickup BSc. (For) MICFor

Senior Forest Manager

Andrew graduated from Bangor University in 2008 and then spent five years working for a woodland management and contracting company in the East Midlands, where he managed diverse woodlands, particularly lowland sites where sporting, amenity and wildlife objectives were paramount. He also gained experience of a wide range of contracting operations, specialising in new woodland creation and restoration schemes for the aggregates sector.

Andrew joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2013 and achieved professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in the same year. He is now responsible for the day to day woodland management of a number of Herefordshire estates. He has a particular interest in the complex silviculture of traditional, mixed lowland woodlands for the production of quality hardwood and softwood timber, including niche species such as cricket bat willow.

Location: Head Office
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Chris Hamill MICFor, BA. (Bus), MSc. (Env For)

Regional Manager – North

Chris has a degree in Business Management from Northumbria University and ran a successful IT company in the North-east for 15 years. A strong desire to work in the forestry sector led to him re-training and gaining a Master’s in Environmental Forestry with Distinction from Bangor University.

Chris joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2015 and attained professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in 2019. He has been involved in the production of woodland management plans, and overseeing harvesting and restocking operations, including those in sensitive SSSI woodlands. Chris utilises his business experience and desire for long term sustainability to ensure that clients maximise profits, whilst minimising environmental impact. This is realised through an increased use of IT systems to improve quality and efficiency of forest operations.

Chris oversees the management of client properties in Southern Scotland, and the English counties of Northumberland, Cumbria & Yorkshire.

Location: Scotland Office
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Andrew Sowerby BSc (Hons) For, FICFor

Regional Manager – West

Andrew has 15 years’ experience managing extensive public sector forests in Wales. Having become a chartered forester in 2006, he is an active member of the ICF, and held positions of secretary, vice chair and lead for the 2014 winter conference in Machynlleth. In 2017, Andrew was elected to ICF Council, representing the Wales Region. He also holds the position of Finance Officer on the Executive Committee and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2018.

Prior to joining Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2016, he developed Forestry Commission GB’s guidance for producing forest design plans and led national forest planning on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate. Most recently, he led a successful harvesting programme in South Wales to mitigate the effects of Phytophthora ramorum in larch. He delivered over 400,000 m3 of timber per year to market, leading a team of 15 staff in collaboration with customers holding 5-year long term standing and roadside contracts.

Andrew leads a group of volunteers in Wales that supports tree planting in rural Uganda. He values the global impact that local forests have on the economy and environment when they are sustainably managed. Andrew is a Welsh speaker.

Location: Wales Office
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Keira Tedd BSc. (For)

Forest Manager

Keira graduated from the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria in 2015 with a first class honours degree in Forest and Woodland Management. Winner of the ICF student award 2015 and the Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award, she is also an associate member of the ICF.

She joined Pryor and Rickett Silviculture in early November 2015 to assist with the planning and implementation of operations in the Devon and Cornwall area, after completing a three-month internship with The Algonquin Forestry Authority in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Location: Scotland Office
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Colin Corkhill MICFor, FdSc, LWM

Senior Forest Manager

Colin is a Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, initially studying Lowland Woodland management at Sparsholt Agricultural College, where he was awarded Best Overall Performance by Royal Forestry Society.  Colin joined the team as the Senior Forest Manager for Southeast England in 2020, having spent the previous six-and-a-half years with a national forest management company.  Prior to this, Colin has worked with private estates, local authorities, as well as running his own Forestry contracting business, from which he brings with him a wealth of Forestry and arboricultural knowledge.  Specialising in lowland woodland management, Colin has a strong track record with stewardship grants, timber harvesting, and tree safety inspections.  He is particularly passionate about the restoration of neglected woodlands and the implementation of alternative low-impact silvicultural practises.

Location: South East Office
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Ben Butler BSc. (For)

Forest Manager

Ben joined the firm in September 2016 after graduating with a Forestry with honours degree from Bangor University, which included a year’s placement with Northern Ireland Forest Service.

Ben brings a wide range of skills from previous roles outside of forestry that he can apply effectively in the planning and supervising forest maintenance and re-stocking operations in Mid and North Wales, north Herefordshire and the Marches.

With interests in forest health and establishment, he covers all aspects of forestry in the upland and lowlands. Ben is applying a full range of silvicultural approaches that is necessary for such a varied portfolio, to meet client objectives.

Location: North Wales & Marches Office
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Stephen Knight BSc. (Hons) For, MSc. (Ecol)

Senior Forest Manager

Stephen graduated from Newton Rigg in 1997 before becoming a beat forester with the Forestry Commission.  Responsible for the management of a wide range of both conifer and broadleaved woodlands spanning from Lincolnshire to Bedfordshire, he successfully implemented a large scale ancient woodland restoration programme and the management of several high profile SSSI and NNR sites.

In 2008, Stephen was promoted to lead a team of Technical Foresters and Conservation and Heritage managers covering mid and north Wales. His team was responsible for planning an annual programme of 280,000 m3 of clearfell and thinning, and an annual restock programme of 300 ha.

Stephen gained a Masters in Ecology and Conservation with Distinction from Stafford University in 2013. Stephen’s research project investigated how bats use different silvicultural systems in commercial upland conifer forests.

Stephen joined Pryor and Rickett Silviculture in 2017 and is responsible for the North Marches, Mid and North Wales portfolio. Among Stephen’s numerous interests is how to continue to bring valuable timber to the market whilst still enhancing the forest’s natural habitats and species richness. Stephen also lectures part time in ecology and environmental science subjects at a local University.

Location: North Wales & Marches Office
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Felix Gregory BSc. (For)

Forest Manager

Felix joined Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2015 on a work-based placement as part of his forestry degree. Following a successful year and his return to university, Felix graduated Bangor university in 2017 with a first class degree in forestry and an award from the Royal Forestry Society for his final year research project.

On re-joining the firm in 2017, Felix worked throughout mid-Wales for 2 years, assisting in the management of a diverse range of forestry properties, including commercial upland plantations and lowland sporting estates as well as woodland creation schemes and woodland maintenance contracts, to deliver client objectives.

Felix moved to the Exeter office in spring 2019, to take on a varied property portfolio across south-west England and help expand the broad range of services that Pryor and Rickett Silviculture are able to offer in the region. Felix covers all aspects of forest management and is also one of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture’s commercially licenced drone pilots, able to undertake aerial survey and mapping work.

Location: South West Office
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Samuel Roberts BSc. (Hons), MSc. (Env For)

GIS Specialist

Sam followed his BSc. in Conservation Biology at the University of Plymouth with a distinction in MSc. in Environmental and Forest Management at the University of Aberdeen.

After joining Pryor & Rickett Silviculture  in early 2018 Sam set to work building a GIS department, streamlining IT processes and developing the use of Drones to assist Forest Managers. He is now responsible for executing and maintaining digital mapping projects, 3D modelling, running drone operations, and keeping company IT systems in order.

Sam is working towards Chartership with both the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Royal Geographical Society.

Location: Wales Office
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Adam Todd BSc. (Hons) For

Forest Manager

Adam graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forestry and Woodland Management from The National School of Forestry (University of Cumbria) in 2015.
Following graduation, Adam trained in and qualified for the practical elements of forestry and arboriculture while working as an arborist in East Anglia.

Adam worked for the Royal Forestry Society as Future Foresters Project Officer between 2016 and 2019, where he was responsible for the educational outreach programme for ages 15 and up. Leading in the delivery of several large projects and partnership plans, overseeing the development of the online forestry sector careers guide and organising the first conference and forestry exhibition for young professionals and students in 2017.

Adam joined the forest management team in 2019 based at the Central England office. Adam sits on his local Oxon & Bucks RFS council and is heavily involved in countryside pursuits including deer-stalking, shooting and forestry pest control. Adam is the pest control manager at RFS Hockeridge & Pancake woods and manages a team of 5 deerstalkers and squirrel controllers. He also has a keen interest in forest resilience and alternative species that can help the sustainability of UK forestry with the challenge of climate change.

Location: Central England Office
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Josh Williamson BSc. (Hons) For

Forester

Josh completed a diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture at Newton Rigg in 2015, in 2018 he then graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Forestry.

He first joined the Brecon team in September 2018, and has since moved to join the Perth office in the spring of 2020.

Supporting the Perth Office Forest Management team, Josh supervises the maintenance, harvesting and restocking programmes around Southern Scotland, and the English counties of Northumberland, Cumbria & Yorkshire, ensuring that operations are in line with the UK Forestry Standard and, for certified properties, the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.

Having already been a student member whilst at university, Josh is now working towards full chartered status within the ICF.

Location: Scotland Office
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Adam Sharman BSc. (Hons) Arb.

Tree Surveyor

Adam has worked within a range of sales and marketing roles, before a change of direction in 2011, fuelled by a love of trees, allowed him to undertake and graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Arboriculture from the University of Northampton in 2014. During this time, he gained practical experience, tickets and qualifications across a broad range of areas of Arboriculture.

Following graduation, Adam worked as a Lecturer in Arboriculture at a well-established East Midlands College. He delivered training and education across a range of Arboricultural subjects, including chainsaw use, tree climbing, pest and diseases to business and contract management, to a wide range of students of all ages, from 16 to 70+!

Adam joined the Central England office as our Tree Surveyor in 2019 to allow Pryor & Rickett Silviculture to offer a full range of consultancy services to our portfolio of clients, including roadside, parkland and property tree risk management, advice, guidance and expertise on tree-based issues.

Location: Central England Office
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Norbert Kovacs MICFor

Forest Manager

Norbert studied forest engineering in Hungary (2006) and worked for the Hungarian Forest Service as woodland planner creating woodland management plans for over 6,000ha of forests, before relocating to the UK in 2009.

After establishing himself in the country Norbert managed woodlands and contracts in the South East of England and in Scotland, ranging from 7 hectares to 5000 hectares. Pursuing his interest in digital mapping he completed a postgraduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems at Coleraine (2014) and worked for an industry leading arboricultural consultancy, developing their GIS database in Bristol.  More recently Norbert became a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and successfully introduced active woodland management for a wide range of military establishments (through the creation and delivery of management plans) covering the southern half of the country, working on a large MOD contract.

Norbert joined the Exeter office in 2019 and is based just outside Bristol and plays a vital role linking up the offices and delivering our services along the M4/M5 corridor. He provides expertise on GIS and useful insights into continental forestry and silviculture.

Location: South West Office
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Tom Whitchurch BSc. (Hons)

Forester

Tom graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2010 with a degree in Countryside Management, before working in the forest nursery sector for 3 years. He then joined the Forestry Commission as a Harvesting Operations Supervisor and Harvesting Manager within Natural Resources Wales based out of their Aberystwyth Office. During his time with NRW, Tom managed a wide range of harvesting operations from small scale hardwood thinning to large complex softwood clearfelling. In 2017 he then moved to the private sector working for a small forest management company based in South West Wales, looking after a large assortment of estates and overseeing their planting and harvesting programmes.

Tom joined Pryor & Rickett in 2020 based out of their Hereford Office and assists with the management of a portfolio of primarily lowland estates, bringing with him experience with Ash Dieback and woodland creation. He is working towards attaining full chartered status within the ICF.

Location: Hereford Office
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Shona Smyth BSc. (Hons), MSc. (For)

Forester

Shona graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) in Countryside and Environmental Management in 2015 before a stint of forest conservation and tree nursery work in New Zealand. She then joined a large UK wide forest management company and has since gained a breadth of experience across both forestry and harvesting management, before moving to South Wales at the start of 2017 and settling into the role of Harvesting Contracts Manager. She was responsible for management of a variety of timber harvesting and marketing contracts, from small scale to complex skyline and environmentally sensitive sites. More recently Shona has graduated with an MSc in Forestry Management from Harper Adams University and is working towards ICF chartered status.

Shona joined the Brecon office in June 2020 and supports the Forest Management team with maintenance, restocking and harvesting programmes across West and Mid Wales. She brings with her a keen interest in optimising timber production.

Location: Wales Office
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Cameron Woodall Joint Hons. (Modern Languages), MSc. (Env For)

Forester

Cameron graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a First Class Honours degree in Modern Languages. During his 3rd year spent abroad in the target language-speaking countries, his voluntary placement with a National Park in Brazil sparked a keen interest in working in an environmental sector in the future.

After working over the course of 2 years as a Mountain Guide and in-house Linguist in Spain for a British Mountain Holidays company, Cameron decided to undergo a career transition with a desire for a more proactive, environmentally-centred role and therefore enrolled on the MSc in Environmental and Forest Management at the University of Aberdeen in 2019. With a firm passion for woodland management and strong enthusiasm for seeing more woodlands created and established in Scotland, Cameron Joined Pryor and Rickett in the summer of 2020 at the Perth office.

Location: Scotland Office
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