Our Instructors are Lantra and NPTC qualified and have many years of industry experience in the subjects they teach.
Tony Lucas. BSc (Hons), FdSc, MarborA. NPTC Assessor, Lantra, Aerial, Ground Based and +F Trainer, Loler Inspector (Arb), LOLER Lantra Instructor.
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 since 2012, I find 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.
I am also one of the Directors at Kingswood Training.
Jim is a highly regarded Ground-Based Lantra Chainsaw Instructor and has a wealth (centuries) of experience. He has been with Kingswood Training for nearly 20 years.
2023 – Jim has now retired but still a legend!!
Michele is one of the Directors and runs the office. She has been with the Business since Kingswood days and joined in 2013.
Chrissy helps run the office particularly the accounts side of the business and has been with the Team since 2014.