Our Team








Timber Sales



Jill & her dog Tilly are our resident nature-loving, book-keeping department, keeping our numbers organised and our decimal points in the right places. She’s a not-so-secret golf fanatic and is out in all weathers up on nearby Cowdray Park with her plus fours and 9 iron. If you have an accounts query call Jill, she’ll soon straighten things out. 

Alfie the timber dog


Director for meeting & greeting

Alfie is Tom’s partner in most endeavours. Like Tom, Alfie has to divide his time between both forestry and timber activities.

His timber related skills are mainly in customer services, introductions and client liaison. He is happiest guiding visitors round the yard or helping to sniff out a bargain.




Wayne’s a tricky one to photograph because he just will not stand still!

He’s been in timber for ever and really knows his stuff. He’s our qualified Visual Grader for structural timber and he’s an expert on selecting timber, not to mention being a whizz on the Weinig. He’s our ‘pendulum’… keeping both the Stock shed and the Machine shed running on time by swinging back and forth between the two.

There’s really nothing this man can’t do and he’s guaranteed to be smiling as he does it!

Nick Dowswell



Nick is a human blur. As our driver extraordinaire, he’s on the road delivering timber 5 days a week. You’ll rarely see him standstill for more than two seconds and when he does it’s only for cleaning, scrubbing or polishing his truck.



The doyenne of the database, the siren of the stationery cupboard, Julie is at the heart of our office administration and can be relied on to keep us in line, dotting i’s & crossing t’s as she goes.


Tom Compton

Managing Director

Whilst Tom’s heart is firmly rooted in the Forestry business, his head is keenly focused on the Timber business.

With year on year growth, despite difficult times, Tom’s determination to drive English Woodlands Timber to deliver excellence in timber, in services and in prices is undoubtedly bearing fruit.

As Tom & Ian’s expansion plans plough steadily on, the landscape of the company will continue to shift until timber nirvana has been achieved!

Tom is a Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and studied at Bangor University for his BSc MicFor.


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