We're the only ecology consultancy that will refund your money if you don't get planning based on our advice (terms apply)

Our Team

Craig Williams

What made you choose Arbtech?

In the distant past, after completing my master’s degree in Ecology at Imperial College London in 2011, I briefly took up a volunteer post at a small nature reserve in London to help them out with the maintenance and learn some practical skills.

It was there that I heard about the opportunity to take on sub-contractor work (night bat surveys) for Arbtech, which I did for a season before joining them as a trainee in 2012. Since then, I’ve gone from a ‘paper qualified’ graduate ecologist to a principal ecologist and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) lead within the company.

What do you love most about the company?

I feel that the culture that has been created – principally by Rob but reinforced by everyone – to practice ecology and arboriculture consultancy as a discipline with complete freedom of recommendation and given the flexibility to solve problems for the client, but without compromising on conservation, is the reason why I love working here.

We are trusted to work autonomously but can easily also work collaboratively when required, and I’m in constant contact with the rest of the ecology team in real time.

Managing my own work schedule is one of the other biggest benefits of working for Arbtech, who truly understand the value of trust-based, adaptable and remote working, and have done since I started and before.

I have a significantly better work-life balance than those at other companies might have as a result. I am comfortable in the knowledge that I am trusted and respected enough to achieve this without overbearing oversight.

Team expertise and enthusiasm for nature are also huge draws for Arbtech. There are people I have worked with for 10 years, who I am proud to have grown alongside, as well as newcomers who I can support, help and nurture. I am overwhelmingly proud of how much effort we put into our employee experience, and it gets better all the time.

What do you do when you are not at Arbtech?

I have played some form of football for most of my life and have been meeting up with my local five-a-side team once a week for many years now. Occasionally, I even play in an 11-a-side charity match (which is always difficult!).

I also enjoy looking after my wildlife pond and garden, and I am generally a fan of PC games but also have done tabletop gaming in the past with friends.

In addition to this, I’ll sporadically make a model aircraft, with varying results.

I enjoy history and geography documentaries, and sometimes, I grumpily accompany my wife to weird or alternative music places that she has somehow come up with.

What is your biggest tip to achieve the most in life?

Most problems are solvable if you don’t panic.

Use the expertise and knowledge of those around you (and yourself), and subsequently never be afraid to ask questions.

What is the best social you’ve been on at Arbtech?

Having been at the company for over 10 years, this is a very difficult question to answer, as I have been on so many fantastic socials.

The trips abroad to Austria, Madrid and Prague have been massive highlights, all filled with great activities, experiences and adventures. However, the quad biking we went on in Wales and the Porsche driving experience at Silverstone were my absolute favourites so far.

Where do you want to travel to next?

I enjoy a city break, which gives me a chance to eat and drink new things, as well as soak up lots of cultural activities, with a favourite being museums, especially any relating to aircraft.

I’ve been to many European cities over the years, but a few that I would still like to visit include Dubrovnik, Athens, Lisbon and Oslo, or even leave the continent for the first time.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Still working at Arbtech but having developed better processes and products to react quickly to developments in the field.

I want to be up to date with the latest CPD and be able to lead and support others with their work.

Arbtech will no doubt be thriving in a maturing Biodiversity Net Gain sector, which I view as one of the major improvements to UK ecology in my lifetime.

What is a goal you have for the future, in or out of work?

At the time of writing this, my wife Helen is pregnant, and I am going to be a father for the first time this year.

It is a very different type of challenge that I’ve not faced before, but I am extremely excited about meeting my son and building our future together.

Supporting him and my wife – and (hopefully) being a good role model for him and teaching him about the environment – would be my biggest achievement to date.

Craig joined Arbtech in July 2012.

Craig showed me back in 2011 that he is conscientious and more than capable of learning how to perform new tasks quickly and correctly. This skill is extremely valuable at Arbtech, where autonomous working and self-discipline is by necessity, considered very important. True to this, he has consistently demonstrated that he is willing to put in the time and effort to progress himself professionally.

In fact, Craig was the first person to successfully go all the way through our in house training programme for graduates, which takes a person from a ‘paper qualified’ graduate ecologist, to a consultant capable of undertaking surveys and reports to a professional standard. Since then, he’s been promoted, twice, and is known internally as “The Merc”, for his mercenary-like ability to take on anything, and get it done twice as fast as we could hope for! Thank you, Craig!

Job Title

Principal Ecologist & BNG Lead

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Ecology, University of London
  • MSc Ecology, Imperial College London
  • Professional Member (MRSB), Royal Society of Biology
  • Various Protected Species Licences

Professional Experience

  • Ecology

Specialist Areas

  • Bat Surveys
  • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
  • Plant Bio-Geography
  • Great Crested Newts

Hobbies

    Swimming, History and Model Making

More Arbtechers

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

Julia Clague-Robinson

Julia Clague-Robinson

Business Manager
Scott Warren

Scott Warren

Finance Manager
Andy Ward

Andy Ward

Marketing Manager
Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Principal Ecologist & Bat Licence Lead
Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Senior Ecologist
Jonathan Stuttard

Jonathan Stuttard

Principal Ecologist & Herpetofauna Lead
Nicole Gullan

Nicole Gullan

Senior Ecologist
Mel Reid

Mel Reid

Senior 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
Beth Ellison-Perrett

Beth Ellison-Perrett

Consultant Ecologist
James Fielding

James Fielding

Consultant Ecologist
George Collier-Smith

George Collier-Smith

Consultant Ecologist
Matthew Middle

Matthew Middle

Principal Arboriculturist & BS5837 Lead
Jon Hartley

Jon Hartley

Principal Arboriculturist & Employee Development Lead
Aran Nearn

Aran Nearn

Principal Arboriculturist
Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson

Senior Arboriculturist
Matt Edwards

Matt Edwards

Senior Arboriculturist
Emily Kempson

Emily Kempson

Senior Arboriculturist
Jim Green

Jim Green

Consultant Arboriculturist
Charlie Moore

Charlie Moore

Consultant Arboriculturist
Chris Wren

Chris Wren

Consultant Arboriculturist
Thomas Parkinson

Thomas Parkinson

CAD Technician
Clare Swinburn

Clare Swinburn

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

Finance Administrator
Rob Lambert

Rob Lambert

Editor
Gill Broad

Gill Broad

Editor
Morgan Bold

Morgan Bold

Social Media Executive
Harriet Paul

Harriet Paul

Finance Administrator
Hannah Bramley

Hannah Bramley

PA to Robert Oates
Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Consultant Arboriculturist
Michelle Huang

Michelle Huang

Consultant Ecologist
Josie Cooper

Josie Cooper

Consultant Ecologist
Ben Newbery

Ben Newbery

Consultant Ecologist
Annabel Sharpe

Annabel Sharpe

Consultant Ecologist
Dean Meadows

Dean Meadows

Principal Arboriculturist & Tree Risk Lead
Sally Hall

Sally Hall

Consultant Ecologist
Jessica Sibley

Jessica Sibley

Consultant Ecologist
Rhiannon Jensen-O’Brien

Rhiannon Jensen-O’Brien

Consultant Ecologist
Romany Poole

Romany Poole

Graduate Ecologist
Tom Ramm

Tom Ramm

Arboricultural Surveyor
Marlies Brenninkmeyer

Marlies Brenninkmeyer

Administrator
Abby Smith

Abby Smith

Administrator
Shaun Rowe

Shaun Rowe

Graduate Arboriculturist
Charlie Drapala

Charlie Drapala

Graduate Ecologist
Phil Gower

Phil Gower

Consultant Arboriculturist
Rob Dennis

Rob Dennis

Arboricultural Surveyor
Olga Hermann

Olga Hermann

Ecological Surveyor
Jamie-Lee Anderson

Jamie-Lee Anderson

Consultant Ecologist
Chris Poplett

Chris Poplett

Arboricultural Surveyor
Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones

Consultant Arboriculturist
Fearghus Gage

Fearghus Gage

Senior Arboriculturist
Chantae Wells

Chantae Wells

Consultant Ecologist
Alexie Jenkins

Alexie Jenkins

Graduate Ecologist
Hannah Upshall

Hannah Upshall

Graduate Ecologist
Emma Platts

Emma Platts

Graduate Ecologist
Millie Holland

Millie Holland

Graduate Ecologist
Nick Smith

Nick Smith

Graduate Ecologist
Georgia Knight

Georgia Knight

Graduate Ecologist
Jeremy Grout

Jeremy Grout

Consultant Ecologist
Maddy Carter

Maddy Carter

Graduate Ecologist
Kayleigh Davies

Kayleigh Davies

Graduate Ecologist
Anna Dolby

Anna Dolby

Graduate Ecologist
Georgina Rennie

Georgina Rennie

Graduate Ecologist
Tom Baron

Tom Baron

Senior Arboriculturist
Harley Stone

Harley Stone

Consultant Ecologist
Leah Cook

Leah Cook

Consultant Ecologist
Jade Lemm

Jade Lemm

Consultant Ecologist
Oliver Bevilacqua

Oliver Bevilacqua

Consultant Ecologist
Robbie MacKenzie

Robbie MacKenzie

Principal Ecologist
Jamie Bolton

Jamie Bolton

Finance Administrator
Annalea Moulton

Annalea Moulton

Administrator
Codie Schofield

Codie Schofield

Administrator

Are you sure you want to leave without a free quote?

Get a Quote

No thanks, I don't need a quote