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 eight 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.

TTBS National Golf Day held on 6 July, 2023 in memory of the late Robert Bruce.


Tony Shelton of Allwood Trading Ltd, Bristol, has been appointed as the national president for 2023 and 2024.

“I’m very pleased to introduce myself as your TTBS president for 2023 and 2024,” said Tony. “Along with Christella Golby, our new TTBS general manager, I’m looking forward to continuing the exceptional work done on behalf of the charity by our predecessors, Ivan Savage and John Taylor.

“I’ve been involved with the TTBS for over 20 years, serving the Bristol & Western Counties region alongside my colleagues, raising awareness of the Society, visiting recipients and enjoying some great events. “I joined the timber industry with Taylor Maxwell Timber in 1985 after three years working for a toy and giftware importer in London. In 2021 the TM Group sold to Brickability plc and I retired as a director, creating a new venture as Allwood Trading Ltd.

“At the start of my career, I was frequently told by suppliers and customers that timber gets into your blood. It took a while but they were definitely right. Very few people leave the industry, and many go on to enjoy very successful and rewarding roles. The chance to give something back is where the TTBS steps in and presents a great opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

“The lifeblood of this charity is your continued support, both at events, but more importantly at grass roots committee level. It’s vital that to maintain a healthy, functioning charity, the Society attracts new ideas and people, ensuring reliable financial support is maintained for the many beneficiaries from our industry.

“I hope to meet many of you over the course of the next two years and am committed to the continued success of the TTBS.”




Christella Golby appointed as TTBS General Manager at the May 2023 Annual General Meeting at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly.

It is a great honour for me to be taking on the role of General Manager of the Timber Trades Benevolent Society.

I started out working for a family owned development and building company based in the Midlands before joining Wyckham Blackwell Ltd, Hampton in Arden, another family owned company and great supporters of the TTBS, where I became a director involved in many aspects of the business.  
It was during my time at Wyckham Blackwell that I joined the TTBS Midlands Committee as a volunteer, as part of a great team, organising various events and raising much needed funds.

In 2012 and 2013 I had the honour of being elected President of the Midlands Region, so have been involved with the TTBS for many years.

I am looking forward to my new role and hope to be able to offer support to the various regions and our beneficiaries.
I would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank Ivan Savage for his kindness and support to me personally during my years with TTBS and wish him a long and happy retirement.





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