Meet the Team





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. 




Timber Sales



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.


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.

Ian McNally


Ian’s dynamism is a great boost to the company’s collective energy and his expertise in areas of manufacturing, retailing, internet marketing (to name but a few) are a boon to our resources.



Timber Sales

Chris is our Sales Office timber guru. Ask, and ye shall receive the answer and probably in about 60 seconds flat!

She has huge experience of the European timber trade and is excellent at sourcing and solving timber shaped problems.

Chris has timber knowledge coming out of her ears and is so deeply dedicated to our customers and her work that we can hardly ever make her step away from her desk to go a-fishing (go on ask her about her fishing) !

If you need to know something, ask Chris. That’s all there is to it.



Timber Stock & Sales

In the beginning Grant was half (the quiet half) of the infamous EWT ‘G-unit’ & he moonlighted as a Forester when he wasn’t here tending his beloved firewood splitter or studying PE.

Today, 5 years on, he’s all ours. We landed him hook, line and sinker with a nice comfy seat in the sales office and all the stock management updates he could ever want. If stock is your game, he’s your man but we think this is just the beginning for ‘office’ Grant and we’re very happy to have him on our team.


Kiln Dried Stock Manager

Peter, wearer of the Hawaiian shirts, is master of all kiln dried stock he surveys (including what is in the kilns!). Second only to Keith in time served (only 36 years to Keith’s more-than-50) he’s the first person we ask if we want to know anything about our stock. If our stock sheds are organised, clean, tidy, and bursting with goodness it’s only because Peter is a stickler for fine detail and keeps strict tabs on stock levels.




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!


Yard Manager

Founder member of ‘G-unit’ and part-time funfair wannabe Graham is the glue that holds the yard together. It’s four worlds in one out there and he seems to juggle them all no-handed, as long as he has a JCB loadall.


Machine Shop Manager

Here’s a man that knows his way around a six head moulder and a half. The machine shop may be his domain but he’s also the go to guy for anything that needs solving, designing, making or building. He is the perfect combination of inherent creativity and down to earth practicality and to top all that off he makes a darn good cup o’ joe.

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.

Laura Dowswell


Finance Officer

Laura is the guardian angel of our finance department. She’s to be found deep in the back office busily tapping away on calculators and wielding enormous folders. She only occasionally comes up for air (for air read tea and cake!) and when she does she loves to talk all things timber.



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.