The Team


Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Simon is an AA Registered Consultant and Fellow of the Arboricultrual Association who has been working in arboriculture for over 30 years. He started his career in arboricultural contracting and then consultancy in Dorset and then moved to Surrey and set up SJAtrees in 1995. Simon enjoys working on complex sites and being able to find solutions that allow important trees to be retained without compromising the development potential of sites, which therefore are acceptable to both his clients and the local planning authority. He is particularly interested in the historical and landscape value of mature trees and finding practical and pragmatic ways of designing layouts in such a way that they can be retained. Simon has appeared as an expert witness in court cases and at both public inquiries and informal planning hearings.

Frank Spooner

Frank Spooner

Director and Associate Consultant

Frank became an AA Registered Consultant in the summer of 2019, he is a professional membership of the Arboricultural Association and has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in biology. Frank’s arboricultural career started in 2004 as a hands-on contractor before he became a local authority tree officer. Frank joined SJAtrees in 2014 and was appointed an associate consultant in 2016, he enjoys working with our client’s design teams to ensure trees contribute to the design of new developments. Frank’s arboricultural qualifications include the Arboricultural Association’s TechCert, the ISA TRAQ Certificate and the LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection Certificate. Frank has appeared as an expert witness at both public inquiries and informal planning hearings.

Claire Jones

Claire Jones

Financial Director and Company Secretary

Claire has worked for SJAtrees for over 15 years. She brings to the business finance and marketing skills acquired through her previous work at HSBC in London and especially enjoys working with our development clients on a wide range of projects.

Nigel Kirby

Nigel Kirby

Consultant

Nigel spent four years as a tree surgery team leader tending the London Borough Council contracts for Wandsworth and Hammersmith & Fulham. After further study gaining the RFS level 2 qualification he joined SJA initially as a Surveyor Technician to further his professional and academic ability. Three and a half years on and specialising in dealing with both on-site and off-site interaction with clients and contractors, Nigel has risen to the level of Consultant. Nigel has recently completed his Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture and looks forward to the next challenge in his new role.

Tony Harte

Anthony Harte

Arboricultural Surveyor/Technician

After completing an RFS level 2 qualification in arboriculture Anthony went on to work at Glendale, Sevenoaks, where he spent 5 years as a climbing arborist, eventually becoming a team leader there. After deciding to pursue a career in the technical side of arboriculture, Anthony undertook his professional tree inspection qualification before joining SJA as a Surveyor Technician and has since earned his TRAQ.

Arboricultural Surveyor/Technician

Finn Cullerne

Arboricultural Surveyor/Technician

Finn received his Bachelor of Science honours degree in biology at Sussex University after which he spent two years studying for a level 3 diploma in forestry and arboriculture at Pershore Horticultural College. Finn then spent four years gaining experience in practical arboriculture as a climbing arborist across the UK and New Zealand. In 2017 he took on a post as a tree officer for Worcester City Council to progress his career in the more technical side of arboriculture before leaving to further his career in arboriculture with SJAtrees in 2018. Since joining SJAtrees, Finn has earned his TRAQ.

James Bradford

James Bradford

Arboricultural Surveyor/Technician

James studied Arboriculture at Merrist Wood College, in Guildford. After leaving college he then spent the next 8 years gaining practical experience at a tree surgery company in Dorking, where he worked his way up to a team leader position, engaging with clients and the local tree officers whilst running contracts on both Surrey Highways and the London Borough of Kingston. James joined SJAtrees in November 2018 with aim of expanding his arboricultural knowledge and a better understanding of how the wider arboricultural industry works. Since joining SJAtrees, James has earned his PTI qualification.

Jemma Smith

Jemma Smith

Team Receptionist

Jemma is the newest edition to the SJA team. She joins us as a full time Office Manager and PA from a similar role in a London construction company. Jemma assumes the role of the team receptionist, will be responsible for administrative assistance for the whole team, act as PA for the two arboricultural directors and will provide accounts and invoicing assistance. Jemma is excited to join the team and is looking forward to the challenges of this new role.

Jacquie

Jacquie Barber

Secretarial and Finance Assistant

Jacquie started working at SJAtrees in September 2006 as PA to Simon Jones and supporting the team of surveyors and consultants. Following a break for maternity leave she resumed employment and now supports the full-time PA with administration assistance and the Finance Director with invoicing/accounts assistance on a part-time basis additionally providing holiday cover as and when required. Prior to SJAtrees she worked for a German printing press manufacturer for 17 years in Sales and Marketing organizing Company events and exhibitions in the UK and Germany.