John Clegg appoints new head of asset management

18 October 2021

John Clegg & Co has strengthened its forestry team, appointing Eddie Addis as head of asset management, based at the firm’s Edinburgh office.

He has joined the company, which is Strutt & Parker’s specialist forestry division, to support landowners with all aspects of managing their forestry investments.

Mr Addis, who joins from Tilhill, has over 20 years’ experience in the forestry sector, most recently leading a team of 40 managing in excess of 80,000ha of privately owned forests across south Scotland and Northumberland. Prior to that, he was involved in securing permission for, and the subsequent delivery of, some of the UK’s largest woodland creation projects in recent decades. He is a graduate of the Scottish School of Forestry, with extensive experience of forest management, timber harvesting and marketing.

“Eddie has in-depth knowledge of woodland creation, forest management, timber harvesting and the wider rural sector, enabling him to deliver a bespoke asset management service,” said Simon Hart, head of forestry for John Clegg in Scotland. “His appointment will help us to make the most of the opportunities that are opening up for clients as a result of increasing interest in woodland creation and natural capital.”

“It is a crucial time for the forestry sector, with the government committed to increasing the area of forestry and woodland, as part of its strategy to mitigate climate change,” said Mr Addis. “Alongside this, there is also a desire to increase the use of wood products in the construction industry, which is also likely to open up opportunities. I am looking forward to building new relationships with clients, agents and stakeholders to expand the amount of forestry under our management, helping landowners to maximise the value of their woodland assets and the income they generate from them.”

Eddie Addis