Robert Oates

In late January 2005, I set up a company, providing arboricultural and ecological consultancy, having spent my years prior to this working as a tree surgeon. Then as now, we focus on providing you with unsurpassed customer service, ruthless attention to detail, and speed.

Those first couple of years were a real slog to be honest, but eventually my efforts started to pay off. Either that, I suppose, or I just spent those early years learning my fair share of life’s lessons the hard way. Almost a decade later and I am managing director of one of the largest and foremost arboricultural and ecological consultancies in the UK: Arbtech.

What do I do all day?

I spend most of my days talking to our team and customers; trying to extract actionable feedback from all angles. I also spend a significant amount of my time on what has become my magnificent obsession: making our operations faster. Faster means less stifled, more robust, even elegant. And it means cheaper. At any one time I manage a multitude of projects and technology investments, all of which are designed to contribute to increasing the speed and lowering the cost of the service you receive when we work with you.

My ambition is to continue to build a business that is profitable; that is respected for its commitment to science; that contributes positively to the projects of customers and above all, the careers of our employees.

More about Rob

I am an infantry solider with 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Army Reserve), a weight training and fitness maniac and (long-suffering) student of Spanish. I enjoy reading about everything from the financial markets to game theory, and have probably averaged at least a book a week since my early twenties. In the winter I snowboard, and in the summer I can be found doing practically any sport or activity that involves being outside in the sun! I’ve always been a competitor rather than a spectator, but these days I’m too old to play American football, so I also like to catch up with the NFL when I can… Go Detriot Lions! At home on the occasional lazy Sunday I like to enjoy a (large) glass of Cabernet and some down time my wife, Kylie.

Amy Campion says:

As an insurance policy against his 5-a-day not being enough, Rob has a blender in the office kitchen that gets loaded up with raw veg and fruit every day, and blended. Kind of like a smoothie. Only it usually ends up a greeny-brown colour and smells a whole lot less appealing than a Starbucks mango and strawberry frappuchino!

What Makes Arbtech Different?

We are one of the very few consultancies to have a strongly differentiated offering: Unlike most of our ‘we’ll do anything as long as you’re paying us’, competitors we only undertake planning-related tree and ecology surveys; assuring you of our commitment to providing an unmatched depth of planning-related expertise, faster, and at the lowest possible cost. You can find out more about us here.

Job Title

Managing Director

Professional Experience

Management, Arboriculture

Specialist Areas

  • Exemplary customer service
  • Building teams with a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Black Belt in getting things done

Qualifications

  • Diploma, Forestry, Myerscough College
  • Certified, Tree Surveys for Mortgage and Insurance, Myerscough College
  • FDSc, Arboriculture, Uni. of Central Lancashire
  • MArborA, Arboricultural Association
  • MBA, Durham Business School, Durham University

Hobbies

Power lifting, crossfit, running, hiking, snowboarding, American football, motorbikes, Spanish, reading about economics, investing, finance and markets