About Us

Founded in 1897 the Society has changed with the times over the intervening years but still endeavours to provide assistance to those past and present members of the timber trade in need.

We have four Trustees and nine regional volunteer committees. Representatives from these committees together with the President , Vice President, Past-Presidents of the Society and the Trustees and General Manager make up our Board of Management.

Representatives of the regional committees visit existing and new beneficiaries on a regular basis to make sure that we are providing the most appropriate help. New volunteers are always welcome.

The regional committees also organise a number of fundraising events ranging from golf to river cruises and clay pigeon shooting as well as seasonal lunches and dinners.  For details see Forthcoming Events.

In addition, from August 2014, employees of accredited timber preservative processing companies (such as Arch Timber Protection and Koppers, involved with preservative treatments of bulk timber for timber merchants, truss manufacturers and other end users) have also been included, subject to existing TTBS criteria.

The National Golf Trophy Winners at the Belfry, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield in July 2016 (Top right)


At the TTBS Annual General Meeting on the 14th May at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, our new National President was elected to serve for 2015 and 2016.
Robert Bruce, Sales Director at MH Southern & Co Ltd, Church Bank Sawmills, Jarrow, Newcastle upon Tyne, joined the timber trade in 1980 when he started work with J T Dove in Newcastle following a four year apprenticeship in the construction industry.
He then took up a position as Sales Manager with Newcastle based R & J Ince Timber Merchants, before joining Harcros Timber and finally in 1999, he joined MH Southern & Co Ltd.
He was appointed to the Board of MH Southern in 2009, when he became Sales Director.
Robert has been an active North East TTBS committee member for over 25 years and a member of the Board of Management for more than 15 years. During this period, he has visited many of the beneficiaries on a regular basis, so is fully aware of how important the help that the TTBS provides is to the well-being of them all.

MH Southern & Co Ltd, together with their Managing Director, James Southern, have been loyal and influential supporters of the TTBS throughout their history and in their Centenary Year in 2013, they were main Sponsors for the TTBS National Golf, held at the Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, which was a considerable fund raising event for the Society.

As an active North East TTBS committee member, Robert is involved with many of the Region’s fundraising events including the famous Newcastle Curry Night which is held every November (see www.ttbs.org.uk Events) and he has also been heavily involved, together with Ivan Savage, the TTBS General Manager, in the Society’s presence at the national Timber Expo, now part of the UK Construction Week, held at the NEC, Birmingham.

Robert is looking forward very much to his period in office and will be pleased to hear from any TTBS supporters, companies or individuals. He can be contacted on email Robert@mhsouthern.co.uk or mobile 07887 931426



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