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.

Trophy Winners at the National Golf held at the Marriott Forest of Arden, Maxstoke, Warwickshire in July 2019




At the Timber Trades Benevolent Societyís Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday 9th May 2019 at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, Paul Snape of WS Logistics Ltd was appointed as the National President for 2019 and 2020, succeeding Ivan Savage, who continues as the Societyís General Manager.

Paul commenced his involvement with the Timber Industry with Henry Tyrer on 5th November 1973 at Seaforth Timber Terminal, which had only been open for about six weeks when he started. Seaforth Terminal handled all the Western Canadian timber shipped by Seaboard International, a company long gone. Seaforth Terminal also handled timber cargoes from Russia for Bahr Behrend, another company resigned to the history books.

In the late seventies, Liverpool started handling cargoes from the Far East, shipped by Ben Line Steamers and at the time Paul was working in the Liverpool head office and handling all the operation /distribution side for the Far East shipments which he is still doing today albeit everything is now in containers..

Henry Tyrer was taken over by the Harrison Line in 1998, but unfortunately by January of 2002 they went into liquidation. Paul was fortunate in that Pan Ocean Shipping of Korea who he had looked after since the late eighties told Charles Gee, who subsequently took over their agency business, that Paul was to be part of the package, so he retained his position doing what he had been doing for many years..

In late 2009 Paul was approached to set up an office for WS Logistics Ltd www.wslogistics.com in the Liverpool area, and in February 2010 the office was up and running, continuing what he had been doing successfully for over 36 years, handling timber and plywood cargoes from around the world. .

Paulís connection with the Timber Trades Benevolent Society goes back to the early nineties, when with Henry Tyrer, the company supported the Liverpool Christmas lunch by taking a table with customers and also with the annual Dinner & Dance events, taking tables for the staff who were involved in the timber side of the business.

Paul was approached by Mike Tattersall to join the Liverpool (now the North West) TTBS Committee in late 1997 and attended his first meeting in early 1998. As the North West Region were organising a Centenary Ball at St George's Hall that year, Paul got involved recruiting Sponsors and also managed to obtain £5,000.00 to cover the cost of hiring the Hall.

Since 1998, Paul has loyally strived on behalf of the North West Committee to gain financial support, something he very much enjoys and also finding the excellent entertainment acts for the North West functions. .

Paul has also served as NW Region President in 1999 and again in 2002.

He will be supported during 2019 and 2020 by National Vice President, John Taylor FCA, previously Chief Executive for Wyckham Blackwell Ltd, Hampton in Arden and also one of the current TTBS Investment Managers. John has also been the Midlands Region TTBS Treasurer for a number of years and is currently the Midlands Vice President.



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