Stewart Wardrop, Chief Executive, The Arboricultural Association

Stewart Wardrop

Chief Executive


Simon Richmond, Senior Technical Officer of the Arboricultural Association

Simon Richmond

Senior Technical Officer

Simon’s career in arboriculture includes contracting, consulting and training delivery and development. He provides technical services and manages the Association’s training and seminar programme.

Louisa Coley, Finance Controller

Louisa Coley

Finance Controller

Louisa is an experienced Accounts professional and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

She has worked with the AA since 2009 and prior to that has worked in Practice, Industry and has run her own business.

Paul Smith, Technical Officer of the Arboricultural Association

Paul Smith

Technical Officer, ARB Approved Contractor and AA Registered Consultant Schemes Manager

Paul brings a wealth of arboricultural knowledge to the team and is the manager for the ARB Approved Contractor and AA Registered Consultant Schemes.

Polly Stone, Administration Officer, ARB Approved Contractor and AA Registered Consultant Schemes

Polly Stone

Administration Officer, Accreditation

Polly’s background in arboriculture includes local government and consultancy. Polly is responsible for all administration regarding the ARB Approved Contractor and AA Registered Consultant Schemes.

Simon Cox, Technical Officer

Simon Cox

Technical Officer

Simon C (as he is known!) has a wealth of experience and technical qualifications across a number of disciplines in the industry. He comes from a large national land-based contracting company where he headed up the arb team, gaining them ArbAC status. As Technical Officer his responsiblities will cover the ArbAC scheme and the provision of appropriate professional training to members.

Jess Palfreyman, Administration Officer, Membership

Jess Palfreyman

Administration Officer, Membership

Jess has a wealth of IT and corporate membership experience and is responsible for all membership applications, up-grades and renewals.

Tiffany Prescott, Administration Officer, Training

Tiff Prescott

Administration Officer, Training

Tiff is responsible for the administration of all of our training courses, conference and publications sales and ordering.

Chris Martin, Marketing and Communications Manager

Chris Martin

Marketing and Communications Manager

Chris has extensive experience in Marketing, Sales and Business Development roles across a number of commercial sectors. He originally joined the team in 2013 and has responsibility for marketing, communications and press relations across all aspects of the Association’s operations.

Laura Joule, Administration Assistant

Laura Joule

Administration Assistant

Laura has a BSc (Hons) in Conservation and Countryside Management and a strong administrative background. She is responsible for publication sales for the Association and provides support to the ARB Approved Contractor Scheme and Training.

Stephen Hodsman,  Administration Assistant, Marketing

Stephen Hodsman

Administration Assistant (Marketing)

Stephen has a high level of experience in marketing and technology and is responsible for managing various communication streams such as eNews and event promotion, together with assisting finance and administration.