BSc (Hons) PhD HND
Specialism: Arboriculture and Estate Management
Career: A career change took me to a HND Distinction in Arboriculture and on to estate and property management. I now manage the north-east team of TEP, based in Gateshead.
Listening to: Frank Turner
To unwind: Kayaking, cycling, off-piste skiing.
Best Project: Opening and staffing of the north-east office.
Not a lot of people know but…. I spent a year and a half cycling around the world.
Bridges: So many great ones but it has to be the Tyne.
Career: Having working in a number of industries, mainly focusing on people management I found my niche in HR. I completed my Level 3 professional qualification in HR and achieved Associate membership of CIPD upon Graduating in HR Management Level 5 in 2014.
I joined TEP as Business Manager in 2012, and quickly put my HR experience into practice and developed an HR function along with the growing business. In 2017 I established a new department – People, Quality and Development where we support the wider business in all HR matters including wellbeing, coaching, training and development.
Listening to: A varied mix of everything!
Watching: The Walking Dead
Reading: variety of contemporary fiction but my favourite author is Margaret Atwood
Not many people know: I am a qualified Zumba® instructor
Specialism: Finance and Administration
Career: I started work at 16 on a 6 month YTS scheme and secured full time employment working in a local Solicitors Office. I spent a few years there and left to take up employment with New World Gas Cookers in the Research and Development Department. Left there after 3 years to have my son and had a break for 8 months. I then worked for Arcon Construction Supplies for nearly 8 years and left there to take up my post with TEP, where I have stayed for almost 20 years.
Favourite Place: America.
Favourite Film: The Wizard of Oz
Not a lot of people know but I passed my motorcycle test in November 2011 at the ripe old age of 40 something!
BSc (Hons) MICFor
Career: I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006 with an honours degree in Arboriculture and gained experience as an arborist in Auckland. Over the following 10 years I gained experience in the private and public consultancy at TEP. I became a Chartered Arboriculturist in 2013 before being appointed Associate Director and arboricultural lead in 2017.
Activities: Family, hill walking, squash, snooker
Favorite Places: Woodland, Italy, shed
Listening to: Alter Bridge, Nightwish, Slash
Watching: The Gruffalo (or whatever the kids want to watch).
Why trees: Because their stories are more interesting than ours.
BA (Hons) Dip LM CMLI
Specialism: Landscape Management, Open Space and Green Infrastructure
Career: I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2003 with a Degree in Landscape Design and Planning, and a Diploma in Landscape Management. I headed south to London and then Oxford to work in a large multi-disciplinary consultancy on open space strategies and historic parks restoration. I became a chartered Landscape Architect in 2006 and followed my roots back up north to join TEP in 2008. I have since led the land management team and supported its growth across three offices. I work on multi-disciplinary projects across the public, private and charity sectors, and I have also had the opportunity to travel to the middle-east on secondment to work on a strategic landscape character and open space project. I am currently part of the Landscape Institute’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer group and I enjoy being able to support and bring people into the profession.
Best project: Blackpool Open Space and Green Infrastructure Strategy due to the commitment from the client and stakeholders to make a difference through landscape.
Travel: I can usually be found island hopping in the Scottish Islands, and lots of plans to explore Europe in the new campervan!
Reading: Nature Fix by Florence Williams, and far too many Tweets!
Career: Mike graduated from Manchester University in 2004 with a Masters in Landscape Planning and Management. He joined TEP in 2005, where he has worked in both the Planning and Land Management teams before progressing to Associate Director and leading on the development of field survey and risk management systems. Currently Mike manages the ICT and GIS teams, focusing on the development of spatial analysis solutions for Biodiversity Net Gain, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.
Sport: Football, Formula 1, Computer Games….kind of a sport.
Favorite Place: New York City
Film: Bond Films and Star Wars
Reading: John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Red or Blue? RED – Liverpool FC!!!
BSc (Hons) Dip LA
Specialism: Landscape Architecture, Estate Management and Health & Safety
Career: Graduated from Kingston Poly in ‘82 and subsequently worked for Bass Carrington, The Groundwork Trust, Carlisle City and Trafford Council before undertaking the part time Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham Poly. Subsequently left the public sector after over 20 years’ service to join a small design consultancy specialising in the design of holiday parks and, following a spell working contract, joined TEP in July 2008
Listening to: Very eclectic musical taste but have been a fan of The Cure ever since I first saw them in a sports centre in Crawley in 1979.
Reading: I possess every novel written by Wilbur Smith, just love the way he tells a story.
Best Project: Difficult to choose, but would suggest that its normally the current one.
Not a lot of people know but…. In a Brass Band for over 7 years during my teens and spent a lot of time in The Bulls Head, Parr (rehearsing obviously)
Red or Blue? – Red for my Rugby (Saints) and Blue for my Football (Everton), but rarely attend either.
MICFor BSc(Hons) M.Arbor.A
Specialism: Arboriculture and ICT Systems
Career: Achieved National Diploma with Distinction after placement year in Switzerland climbing trees, on to Aberdeen Uni until ’01 for my Urban Forestry Degree. Worked in local government then with tree contractor and on to consultancy with TEP in 2003. I progressed from Consultant to Senior in 2006 and on to Principal in 2010, during this time I have also qualified as a Chartered Forester.
Activities: Snowboarding and spending time in the mountains, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Hiking and attempting to master Surfing.
Inspired by: Bradley Wiggins.
Tech: I am very much into my gadgets, I would not know where I would be without my iPad.