Advanced Arboriculture has three arboricultural consultants.
After completing his BSc Hons at University College, London, Graham Joyce opted for an outdoor life and the development of a career in arboriculture pursued to the most professional level. Aside from his contracting company, Dartmoor Tree Surgeons, being an Approved Contractor of the Arboricultural Association, his was the first tree surgery firm in the UK to win the respected Investors in People award. In tandem with the nurturing of the craft and professionalism of his tree surgery firm, Graham has pursued his career as a freelance arboricultural consultant, and as such has worked successfully for a broad range of clients throughout the UK since 1993. Graham helped to raise the profile and professionalism of consultancy in the south-west through organising a study programme for arboriculture professionals (including contractors, local authority Tree Officers, and others), which led to examination for the Royal Forestry Society’s Diploma in Arboriculture. Graham was the only contractor on the course to be awarded the diploma (with credit), and believes that his wide and solid experience ‘in the field’, allied with his original scientific training, has given him the best base from which to work as a consultant. Graham’s experience covers the most extensive range of tree issues, as reflected by his accreditation as an Expert Witness.
Having completed an Honours Degree in Forestry (specialising in arboriculture and amenity forestry) from the University of Aberdeen, Tom Hurley worked for the Forestry Commission inspecting new woodlands for grant compliance before working as Tree Officer for East Devon District Council. Time spent managing the West London and Home Counties office for Southern Tree Surgeons allowed for further training at the parent company (the F A Bartlett Tree Expert Co) laboratories in North Carolina. Tom has worked as an independent arboricultural consultant since 1999 and has worked across the UK and Isle of Man for clients including Transport for London, Michael Auckett Architects, Defence Estates, Tesco and Hyder Consulting. He brings his broad experience of trees on new development sites to Advanced Arboriculture and is also responsible for the preparation of CPD seminars and appeal hearings. Tom is also one of the very few arborists who is also a Prince2 Practitioner.
Joel started in the world of arboriculture as a climbing Arborist. He completed a Forestry and Arboriculture level 3 training course at Bicton College which set his career trajectory developing experience with practical tree operations working for numerous arboricultural firms as well as sub contract climbing. This was followed by a move towards training and he took a position at Bicton College teaching on the Level 3 Arboriculture course alongside self-employment; running his own tree surgery outfit. After extensive experience as a climbing arborist with competency in all aspects of practical arboriculture, Joel sought to expand his academic knowledge and skills surrounding his passion for trees, enrolling on the University of Lancashire’s online FdSc Arboriculture degree course hosted by Myerscough College. This blend of practical ‘on the tools’ experience and theoretical knowledge within the industry has lead Joel into a well sculpted position as a consultant.