Meet the team
At Buckland Timber, our team consists of engineers, project managers, carpenters, joiners, and administrative staff.
Robin Nicholson is the Managing Director of Buckland Timber, a Chartered Structural Engineer with approaching two decades of experience in structural engineering and design – specifically with timber, along with his knowledge of building and traditional construction methods and materials.
Hobbies: Wildlife and swimming.
Brent Dicks is our Production Manager. Brent has a background in the design and manufacture of aerospace components and provides a link between the design and manufacturing process. He plays a key role in informing the practical implementation of design in the workshop and during installation on site.
Hobbies: Marathon running and motorcycles.
Tasha Currie joined the company in 2016 and manages quotations, ordering and haulage. She provides a key link between our customers and the production team.
Hobbies: Amateur dramatics, walking her three Huskies and women’s rugby.
Keith O Ceallaigh is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University. As our Technical Manager Keith has extensive knowledge of both the structural design of glulam buildings coupled with the technical aspects associated to glulam manufacture and logistics of installation.
Hobbies: Yoga and meditation.
Antonio Savinelli is an Engineer graduate of the University of Naples (Italy). Antonio joined our technical team in 2018 and focuses on structural design – from simple projects to complex geometry needing three-dimensional structural modelling.
Hobbies: Flamenco dancing and guitar.
Julie Fishleigh is Buckland’s office manager, she plays a critical role in coordinating the company’s logistics and finances.
Hobbies: Charitable work for her hometown of Hatherleigh.
Richard Bateman is responsible for daily sampling and testing of our glulam beams. When away from the testing machine he can be found ordering fixings and generally filling in on any carpentry in the workshop.
Hobbies: Walking his dogs, refurbishing and selling architectural antiques.
Andrew Glover is one of the key glulam production workers, he is a certified timber grader and co-ordinates the finger jointing, clamping and timber preparation processes involved in glulam manufacture.
Hobbies: Anything to do with food, you will find Andrew in the front row.
Stephen Drew a key glulam production worker, Steve works alongside Andrew to maintain the flow of glulam.
Hobbies: Stephen runs his own private zoo where he has a collection of over 200 exotic animals.
Lajos Varga has been a carpenter at Buckland Timber since 2014, with a background in bench joinery. He is able to work on any scale of glulam structure right down to where furniture grade jointing is required.
Hobbies: Fine wines and dining.
Nick Gilham has been a carpenter at Buckland Timber since 2013, Nick has experience in fabricating and erecting all types of glulam structures. Nick comes from a timber framing background and calls on this experience in any site troubleshooting that is required.
Hobbies: When not at work Nick can be found on the north coast surfing.
Tom Houlden joined the team in 2019 as a carpenter with experience in both making and carpentry fabrication of glulam building elements.
Umberto Zaninotti joined the company in 2015 as a experienced glulam specialist draughtsman. He is an expert in deciphering scribbled sketches and converting them into fabrication ready CAD files.
Hobbies: Skiing and cooking.