The Arboricultural Association is pleased to announce that John Parker has been appointed as the new Senior Technical Officer, further widening and developing the skill set of the organisation’s technical team.
John has been the Senior Arboriculture & Landscape Specialist at Transport for London (TFL) for the past ten years. He is a member of the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) Executive Committee and was Chair of the LTOA from 2016-2018. John holds a BSc in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry from Myerscough, is a Professional member of the AA (MArborA), Chartered Arboriculturist (MICFor) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).
John has been incredibly active in the european arboricultural community in recent years and is currently working on a project in conjunction with the European Arboricultural Council in the Baltic states. In 2017, John’s hard work for the LTOA and his efforts to bring together arboriculture and urban forestry across Europe, were recognised at the European Forum on Urban Forestry, where he received the prestigious ‘European Young Urban Forester of the Year’ award.
An active member of the Association, John is already a regular contributor to the ARB Magazine, the official AA members’ publication, and was a session Chair at the 2019 Conference ‘Soils & Trees – standing your ground’.
John, who will begin his post on 5th August 2019, brings a unique and valuable skill set to the Association, and his joining will strengthen the AA team considerably. He will work closely with Senior Technical Officer Simon Richmond on influencing, shaping and commenting on technical arboricultural matters and policy, helping to continue growing the voice of the Association and the industry.
The team at HQ is thrilled to welcome John, who clearly understands the importance of collaboration to continue the advancement of arboriculture and is ready to help continue the Association’s development as the home for industry professionals.
You can see John’s TED Talk, where he explains why trees are better than people, here: