Meet the team
Neil has been involved in tree surgery for over thirty eight years. He has steadily grown his business and trained many employees along the way.
He is passionate about the safety of his team and customers alike.In addition, customer service is important to Neil too and his staff share his friendly, polite and informative approach to their work.
All of them have a range of competency certification, including:
- Risk Assessment
- Chainsaw Safety
- Safe Climbing practice
- Stump grinding
- Access Platform/Cherry pickers
- First Aid
- Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Neil has been actively involved in tree surgery since 1980.
First working for one of the largest tree companies in the country, carrying out contracts in Westminster, Richmond and many of the other London Boroughs and Home Counties.
When first starting tree work the Dutch Elm Disease was rife and spreading rapidly across the country and the idea of felling and burning on the spot was thought to be the only possible way of slowing down the onslaught of dying Elms. In hindsight this didn’t have much impact or effect at all. After 10 years working for this company Neil then then became a sole trader doing tree surgery for many domestic customers, and he built up some regular contracts with local schools and building contractors. In 2003 he decided to make the company Limited. This company has grown over the last 14 years employing more people and building a greater customer base
There has been many changes within the industry of tree surgery, one being the professionalism and over the last couple of decades Neil has with college training and various courses has instigated safe working practises within his company.
Neil still manages a hands on approach, and even though he is responsible for bringing in new contracts for the company he still enjoys a day on site and still climbs when needed.
Carol is a vital part of the company
She deals with all the office side of the business including invoicing, estimates, book keeping, credit control, I.T side of the business using social media, generating risk assessments and method statements and also plays a large part in our human resources including payroll. Basically she manages all the office admin on a daily basis.
She is also Neils wife and has learnt a lot about the business through a shared history of over 30 years.
Carol will generally be the one taking all the calls and booking in the work.
She has recently become involved in the health & safety side of the business and holds regular Toolbox Talks and is keen to organise training events to promote our ongoing positive approach to health & safety in the workplace.
Luke has grown up within the family business of tree surgery. He attended Moulton College where he achieved an Extended National Diploma Level 3 Triple Grade Distinction, Merit in Forestry and Arboriculture and it was at college where he gained his certificates of NPTC chainsaw and related operations CS30, CS31, CS38 and CS39 to work within the industry.
Since leaving college he has put his skills to work for the company gaining valuable climbing experience and a good working knowledge of trees.
He has been especially keen on perfecting his climbing experiences and using modern climbing techniques and equipment.
He also holds an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
Michael joined the company in 2005 as a young teenager, he is now our longest serving member of the team. He has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge from his time with us.
He has gained his NPTC qualifications including climbing and aerial rescue at Shuttleworth College. He specialises in stump grinding and recently acquired a Lantra Award in Stump Grinding Operations. He prides himself on pruning of small trees and hedging. He is an excellent groundsman when it comes to rigging and supporting the main climber and coordinating the rest of the team.
He has valuable communication skills and liaises well with customers and the team.
He also holds an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate and a CSCS Construction Industry Card.
After studying for an Extended National Diploma in Horticulture which includes Arboriculture at Shuttleworth College, Elias decided he wanted to pursue a career in tree surgery.
Tree surgery has become a passion for Elias who prides himself on his work and enjoys a challenge, especially with large mature specimen trees. He is our leading climber with over 4 years experience.
He worked for a short time for a local tree contractor gaining valuable experience and climbing skills.
Since leaving college and joining the company he has achieved the following awards in chainsaws and related operations: NPTC CS30, CS31, CS38 and CS39.
He holds a CSCS Card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) for working within the construction industry, and has Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
Tom has worked for Neil Shadbolt Tree Surgery Ltd since November 2013. He attended Moulton College for 2 years where he achieved an Extended National Diploma Level 3 in Forestry and Arboriculture and it was at college where he gained his certificates of NPTC chainsaw and related operations to work within the industry.
Since leaving college he put his skills to use working for a tree surgery company near Bedford and a gardening company where he gained a good working knowledge of trees and plants. Since joining us, he has expanded this knowledge and gained valuable climbing experience.
He is a popular and respected member of the team and an extremely competent groundsman as well as a safe and competent climber. A good All Rounder!? He holds a CSCS Card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) for working within the construction industry, and has Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
Conor joined us in September 2016.
He left school in 2016 and after a brief time working as an assistant green keeper at Dunstable Downs Golf Course he decided that he enjoyed working outdoors.
He applied to our company for an apprenticeship. He was successful after an interview in which he was up against 11 other candidates and his enthusiasm and commitment shone through.
He registered at Shuttleworth College for an Apprenticeship Level 2 in Trees & Timber QCF. This Apprenticeship has now been successfully achieved and he will go on to do further training within the company.
Tom P is the newest member of our team. He joined us in March 2018.
He is currently undergoing an Arborist Apprenticeship with Shuttleworth College.
Tom has previously worked for landscaping companies.