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Chris Formaggia

Chris has spent the last three decades working in ecology. He is a Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and European protected species holder – in both England and Wales – for bats, badgers, dormice, great crested newts, otters, and owls. There’s more–much more–but you get the picture, right?

In addition, he is an associate of the Emergency Planning Society and an invasive species Expert Witness. Previously, Chris worked at the Environment Agency for 12 years; as a Skomer warden for five years; and as the county ecologist for Torfaen Country Borough Council for a year, before he made the leap into the private sector, where over the next three years he served as principal ecologist at the global environmental consultancy, RPS Group.

Thereafter, he ran his own consultancy for six years, before being enticed to take up the role of director of ecology for a larger consultancy, Enzygo. In 2014, he joined Arbtech, as Principal Consultant and Head of Ecology, where we’re all hope he intends to stay for good.

At Arbtech, Chris has ultimate responsibility for all the technical and scientific functions and practices at the company, and leads the training and development programme. Despite these enormous responsibilities, somehow he always manages to make sure his skills are needed for our international work, most recently in Italy, Jersey, and Gibraltar!

Chris has been with us for over 8 years.

Robert Oates, managing director says:

When we looked to hire someone into a leadership role, we didn’t go about it lightly. We offered easily the best salary in the industry, which combined with the string of other benefits of working at Arbtech, such as our unlimited CPD fund, resulted in a deluge of very strong applications for the role.

Throughout the process, Chris stood out as a candidate that possessed many of the business development, commercial, leadership and interpersonal skills that unfortunately the majority of senior people in our industry simply do not.

When I had narrowed the field down to the final two candidates, I really needed to get some fresh perspective so I reached out to industry heavyweight, Andrew McCarthy. Andy was commissioned to conduct the final interviews himself, without me present, and report his feedback to me. He did an excellent job of this. His questions and commentary on the other candidate was very thorough and balanced.

When it came to Chris though, he didn’t write one. Instead, he called me up and simply confirmed what I had known (hoped?) all along, with the words: “Chris is your man.” It is an absolute privilege to work alongside Chris and I am confident that he will make a lasting impact at Arbtech, to the benefit of our clients, employees and business.

Job Title

Principal Consultant

Head of Ecology

Professional Experience

Management, Ecology

Specialist Areas

  • Leading and building teams for service excellence
  • All forms of ecological appraisal
  • Invasive species (expert witness)

Qualifications

  • BSc (Joint Hons), Zoology and Environmental Studies, Cardiff University
  • PG Cert, Management, Henley Business School
  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Society for Environment
  • Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Royal Society of Biology
  • Professional Member (MRSB), Royal Society of Biology

Hobbies

Chris is an Associate member of the Home Office Emergency Planning Committee, and keenly interested in the ecological aspects of disaster and conflict relief.

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Meet the other members of our leading ecology and arboriculture team.

Robert Oates

Robert Oates

Managing Director
Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Business Manager
Scott Warren

Scott Warren

Finance Manager
Andy Ward

Andy Ward

Marketing Manager
Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Principal Ecologist & BNG Lead
Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Senior Ecologist & Bat Licence Lead
Lizi Pimlott

Lizi Pimlott

Senior Ecologist & QC Lead
Joe Slade

Joe Slade

Senior Ecologist
Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Senior Ecologist
Jonathan Stuttard

Jonathan Stuttard

Senior Ecologist
Nicole Gullan

Nicole Gullan

Consultant Ecologist & Arboriculturist
Mel Reid

Mel Reid

Consultant Ecologist
Josephine McCarthy

Josephine McCarthy

Consultant Ecologist
Fay Brotherhood

Fay Brotherhood

Consultant Ecologist
Elen Griffin

Elen Griffin

Consultant Ecologist
Merry Anderson

Merry Anderson

Consultant Ecologist
Josh Courtley

Josh Courtley

Consultant Ecologist
Megan Coates

Megan Coates

Consultant Ecologist
Megan Knapp

Megan Knapp

Graduate Ecologist
James Fielding

James Fielding

Ecologist
Charlie Vaughan-Jones

Charlie Vaughan-Jones

Graduate Ecologist
Georgia Chapman

Georgia Chapman

Graduate Ecologist
George Collier-Smith

George Collier-Smith

Graduate Ecologist
Matthew Middle

Matthew Middle

Principal Arboriculturist & Risk Assessment Lead
Jon Hartley

Jon Hartley

Principal Arboriculturist & Employee Development Lead
Aran Nearn

Aran Nearn

Senior Arboriculturist
Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson

Senior Arboriculturist
Matt Edwards

Matt Edwards

Consultant Arboriculturist & Ecologist
Max Bell

Max Bell

Consultant Arboriculturist
Emily Kempson

Emily Kempson

Consultant Arboriculturist
Jim Green

Jim Green

Consultant Arboriculturist
Charlie Moore

Charlie Moore

Arboriculturist
Chris Wren

Chris Wren

Arboriculturist
Grace Rawlinson

Grace Rawlinson

Graduate Arboriculturist
Thomas Parkinson

Thomas Parkinson

CAD Technician
Clare Murphy

Clare Murphy

Office Manager
Sally Parry

Sally Parry

Administrator
Emma Gray

Emma Gray

Administrator
Donna Swinburn

Donna Swinburn

Administrator
Charlotte Calvert

Charlotte Calvert

Administrator
Ann Balshaw

Ann Balshaw

Administrator
Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis

Administrator
Sam Davies

Sam Davies

Videographer
Rob Lambert

Rob Lambert

Editor
Gill Broad

Gill Broad

Editor
Curtis James

Curtis James

Consultant Arboriculturist
Harriet Paul

Harriet Paul

Administrator
Hannah Bramley

Hannah Bramley

PA to Robert Oates

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