Forest Fuels Team 2015

Tony Vick

Senior Logistics Manager

Tony Vick 

Tony manages the complete logistics and coordination nationally.

He has a strong background in logistics, transport management and customer management. He lives near Tavistock and is based in the Okehampton Office.

 


 


Howard Towns

Senior Production Manager

Howard Towns 

Howard is Senior Production Manager and joined English Wood Fuels (now part of Forest Fuels) in 2006. He has wide and varied experience of wood fuel, with a particular expertise in wood pellet.  

Howard’s depth and breadth of experience are very well regarded in the industry, and he sits on the Board of the UK Pellet Council. Previously Howard worked in utility arboriculture and forestry & harvesting.



 


Jason Gallagher

Regional Manager

Jason Gallagher  

Jason has been with the company since 2008 and has developed in-depth expertise in wood fuel and operation of biomass boilers. He manages our wood fuel contracts in Yorkshire and has wide expertise of wood chip boilers. Customers include schools and large district heating schemes in the area.

Previously he worked in countryside management and environmental consultancy.

 


Bella Craddock

Customer Account Manager

Bella Craddock

 

Bella looks after Forest Fuels ' commercial customers in the South and South West, from London to Gloucestershire and down to as far as Lands End in Cornwall.

She is a first point of contact for any new or potential customers in the South West and helps them to get the maximum benefit from their biomass boilers.

 

 


Christopher Durrant

Transport Supervisor

Christopher Durrant  

Transport Supervisor Chris is based in our Okehampton head office and looks after the transport and logistics planning of wood fuel deliveries for all of the regions.

 

 



 


Martin Cooper

Transport Planner

Martin Cooper 

Martin is responsible for Forest Fuels’ national transport and logistics planning.

An experienced transport professional, Martin’s career in logistics spans 30-years. Prior to joining Forest Fuels he ran a number of national contracts for the UK’s biggest distribution company across nine sites.

 

  


Sophie Williams

Operations Administrator

Sophie Williams  

Sophie is based in Okehampton and is the first point of contact for wood fuel orders and enquiries - if you ring up, she is probably the person you'll speak to.

 

 

 

 


Peter Solly

Managing Director

Peter Solly 

Peter joined Forest Fuels as MD and shareholder in 2010, and has lead the business through its expansion since then.

Focussing on developing the company's national presence, through both acquisition and organic growth, and building the strong staff team we have today, Peter thrives on growing the business. Previously he was a Director at South West based environmental contracting firm Silvanus Services Ltd, and has a number of other business and countryside/land based investments. 




Sam Whatmore

Consultant & Founder

Sam Whatmore 

Sam has worked in the wood fuel industry since 2000, and originally founded Forest Fuels.  He now works part time, focussing on consultancy and technical wood fuel support to clients and the Forest Fuels team.

Sam is widely recognised as one of the leaders of wood fuel in the UK: he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for his contribution to wood fuel.

 


Gill Alker

Head of Consultancy

Gill Alker 

Gill is a biomass and wood fuel specialist having worked in the sector for many years. She is based in the Okehampton office  and undertakes consultancy and advisory work for clients.

With a PhD, and spells working in the USA, for Thames Valley Energy, Anesco and as a Forestry Commission woodfuel Officer, she has unrivalled technical experience.

 

  


David Newman

Head of Sales and Business Development

David Newman 

David has had a varied career in sales and management roles, most recently heading up a fast growing waste recycling firm.  He leads our sales and business development.

When not at Forest Fuels he spends time sailing his classic yacht from South Devon.

 

 
 


Stephen Nattrass

Customer Account Manager

Stephen Natrass 

Stephen is based in Cambridge and covers East Anglia and the northern home counties, developing new business and working closely with existing customers to make sure their boilers are running well.  He has a varied background, including many years running overland expeditions in Africa.

 

 

 


Grant Miller

Customer Account Manager

Liverpool wood pellets - Grant Miller
Grant is based in Merseyside and looks after Forest Fuels' commercial customers in the North West of England.

He looks after the Liverpool depot and deals with new enquiries, business development, logistics, supply, customer service and pricing.

 

 

 


Lee Traynor

Customer Account Manager

Lee Traynor 

Based in North Yorkshire, Lee has worked renewables and energy efficiency for many years.  He now looks after business development and new customers for Forest Fuels in north England.

 

 


 


Dave Sefton

Foreman

Dave Sefton 

Dave works from our large South Yorkshire depot in Barnsley, managing wood fuel quality and chipping & screening material.

He was a founder of Silvapower (the South Yorkshire business which is now part of Forest Fuels) and has worked in the industry for 8 years.


  

 
 


Richard Ashton

Foreman

Richard Ashton 

Richard drives our lorry delivering blown and tipped wood chip across the South West to our customers.

He also drives chippers and loaders, and ensures quality is consistent at all the depots in the South West.

 

 

 

 


Barbara Askew

Finance Team 

Barbara Askew  

Barbara has been with Forest Fuels for a very long time, and has seen the growth from a small muddy office to the national organisation we are today.  She looks after the Purchase Ledger in the finance team.

 

 




Richard Lawes ACMA CGMA

Systems and Integration Manager  

Richard Lawes 

Chartered Management Accountant Richard has over 30 years experience in finance and business management in a wide range of organisations, particularly fast-growing SMEs.

 

 

 



Jacqui Bond

Finance Team

Jacqui Bond 

Jacqui has been with Forest Fuels since 2010, originally as operations coordinator. She has now moved to a part time role in the finance team.

 

 

 

 


Sue Kaczanow

Finance Team

Jo Kaczanow 

Sue works in the finance team, with responsibility for credit control.

 

 

 

 

 


Jo Spink

Finance Team

Jo Spink 

Jo joined Forest Fuels in 2015, as part of the finance team.