He worked for Caledonian Plywood since 1999, latterly as a senior director, but during his career he had held senior positions in several large UK companies.

He joined the timber industry in 1962 when he took what was intended to be a summer job with London Plywood & Timber. Six years later, with an IWSc certificate under his belt, he was working in sales.

After the company closed, Mr Green moved to Hunter Plywood. The company was bought by Wickes in 1989 and in the early 1990s Mr Green left to join Meyer, where he ran the buying department for six years.

He joined Caledonian Plywood in 1999 to establish a southern base at Tilbury, with colleague Sam Ballard.

Director Stuart McKelvie said Mr Green would be missed at the company. "During his career Frank lived and breathed softwood plywood and he was a great salesman," he said.