Tony Lucas. BSc (Hons), FdSc, MarborA. NPTC Assessor, Lantra +F Trainer, Loler Inspector (Arb).
I am an NPTC Assessor in all aerial chainsaw units and all of the ground units. I am technically evaluated for all the units I train by NPTC and LANTRA. I am also qualified as a LANTRA trainer and can deliver LANTRA courses for Kingswood. I am a forestry plus trainer for Lantra and can deliver the FISA updates.
On the arboricultural side I am a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and a Loler examiner.
I have been involved in forestry and arboriculture for twenty years during which time I have worked for small and large tree surgery companies, starting as a young climber on domestic jobs, and over time moving to main arborist at Harvest Forestry in Brighton. Over the years I have climbed on contracts in Britain and abroad with my NPTC tickets.
I started up my own business in 1999 called Broadleaves which deals with both forestry and arboriculture work for many organisations such as local councils, The Forestry Commission and wildlife trusts. I run this concurrently with training at Kingswood as I believe that it is important to keep up the working industry side of tree work with my training.
During the last ten years I went to university as a mature student where I achieved a Distinction in Forestry and Woodland Management (FDSC level 5) and a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Biogeography with a 2.1. I have written papers on woodland management and woodland ecology and carried out ecological survey work and woodland management plans.
I have been training and Assessing at Kingswood for over four years and enjoy training at Kingswood as I have found the professional and supportive environment allows me to give the students as much information and knowledge as I can, hopefully bringing out the best in them for their assessments.
Richard Olley started his tree surgery business in June 1987 – four months before the famous hurricane that uprooted several million trees in the South East. He built the business up, gradually taking on more staff, and building a sound reputation with a wide range of domestic, commercial and Local Authority clients.
After 15 years Richard decided to become an instructor, so he handed the day to day running of the business over to his manager and applied to join the Lantra Instructor Training Scheme.
Richard passed all his exams and assessments at the first attempt and qualified to teach the full range of arboricultural skills, from ground based chainsaw right through to dismantling, including woodchippers, stumpgrinders, polesaws, hedgecutters, brushcutters and MEWPs. Two years later he also became an NPTC Assessor and qualified to assess all the skill areas that he taught.
After many years building up the successful training centre, that Kingswood is, Richard has decided to leave to pursue a more relaxed lifestyle. We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.