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Dean Meadows

What made you choose Arbtech?

Choosing to work at Arbtech was an easy decision for me due to the strong connection I had with the company, having built a great relationship with Rob and other colleagues on LinkedIn.

In addition, Arbtech’s unrivalled progressive approach to employees was a major factor, providing a great benefits package, the highest salaries in the industry, and various professional growth opportunities such as free unlimited CPD.

The company’s commitment to truth and integrity is something I highly value, and this fosters great relationships with colleagues who are always willing to go the extra mile.

Not only do they offer an outstanding benefits package, but they also have a great private healthcare scheme and flexible working hours.

I am proud to be part of such a forward-thinking organisation, and I am excited to be part of its success.

What do you love most about the company?

There are so many reasons to love Arbtech.

Arbtech lives and breathes a positive culture – it’s infectious.

The team is incredibly close-knit, and everyone puts in so much effort to help each other out, including rewarding one another through the cheers mate scheme; colleagues gift something from the wish list of another in appreciation for any favour, no matter how big or small with no questions asked.

I also appreciate the day-to-day flexibility of organising my own time with the jobs board. You have legitimate autonomy over your time, and the jobs board allows you to select the jobs you want.

What really stands out the most to me is the extensive list of benefits that are available. There’s something for everyone, many of which are related to self-development, which I find to be very valuable.

What do you do when you are not at Arbtech?

Outside of work, I like to stay active, so lately, I’m in the gym almost every evening or morning depending on how my workday is planned.

I love spending time with my family, so I travel back to my hometown whenever possible to be financially rinsed by my nieces and nephews for sweets and magazines.

I have a real passion for live music, so I’m always looking for new gigs and festivals to attend. I’m an eclectic listener, so I’m always eager to discover new sounds and talents.

Investing in myself is something I consider to be a priority, which is why I’m always reading books and listening to podcasts. This helps me to stay motivated and sharp and learn new skills. Not only that, but it also helps me to stay up to date with new trends and developments in my chosen field.

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

Nobody has it figured out – I certainly don’t – but I work toward incremental gains and consistency.

Be better than the person you were yesterday and use yesterday’s you as a benchmark – not somebody else.

If you’re comparing yourself to someone else, you’re not going to make any progress.

Focus on your own development and growth, and use self-improvement tips and tricks to help you reach your goals.

For example, setting achievable goals, breaking them down into smaller tasks, and building on your successes can help you to stay motivated and make progress.

Additionally, dedicating yourself to a daily routine that helps you stay productive, positive and organised is essential.

Finally, surrounding yourself with positive people and mentors to help guide you on your journey can be incredibly helpful and inspiring.

Although the goal of achieving the best in life is daunting, with a dedicated effort and the right tools, you can achieve great things.

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

Austria – an all-expenses-paid week at the BJJ Globetrotters Winter Camp in the mountains.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, skiing and more spent with great people. Need I say more?

It was a truly memorable week.

The camp had a variety of activities to enjoy, and the atmosphere was incredible. I had the chance to practice a lot of jiu-jitsu and skiing, and the instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly.

What’s more, Rob’s extreme generosity meant that everyone was able to get the necessary gear and equipment to get the most out of the camp.

This was definitely one of the best work socials I have ever been on and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have had such an amazing experience.

Where do you want to travel to next?

I’m looking forward to my next holiday, which will be spent camping out for a week in Wales with the family.

After that, I’m looking forward to planning a European adventure and visiting some of the historic cities and towns I’ve always wanted to see.

I’m hoping to explore the cobbled streets of Prague, wander around Barcelona, take in the architecture of Rome, and drink plenty of beer throughout!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I don’t have some big elaborate plan, or an end goal written down that may come to fruition in five year’s time. But as I mentioned earlier, I want to continue to better myself under every useful, quantifiable and meaningful metric.

I want to improve, both mentally and physically; I want to have achieved something that I can be proud of and have a sense of fulfilment and contentment; I want to have pushed myself to become a better version of myself and achieved something that I can look back on with satisfaction.

I’m looking to develop my skills and knowledge to the point of being a recognised expert in my field. In terms of professional aspirations, I’m looking to become chartered with the ICF and then explore the Arboricultural Association’s registered consultant scheme.

On top of this, I want to continue to travel and explore the world, broaden my horizons and meet new people.

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

I’ve just started Brazilian jiu-jitsu, primarily thanks to the growing group of people at Arbtech who train and practice the mixed martial art together.

Thinking long-term, an audacious goal I have is to become a black belt in BJJ, even though I am fully aware that it will take plenty of blood, sweat and tears over years.

Dean joined Arbtech in September 2022.

Job Title

Principal Arboriculturist & Tree Risk Lead

Qualifications

  • Level 7 MSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Myerscough College
  • Level 6 BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Myerscough College
  • FdSc Arboriculture and Tree Management, Myerscough College
  • Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Horticulture
  • Professional Tree Inspection, LANTRA
  • Professional Member, Arboricultural Association
  • Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Member, The Royal Forestry Society
  • Member, The British Mycological Society

Professional Experience

  • Arboriculture

Specialist Areas

  • Tree Risk Management
  • Advanced Tree risk Assessment (Sonic Tomography and Root Plate Stability Testing)
  • Urban Tree Population Management – Tree Species Selection and Planting Design Specification
  • Tree Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Tree Pathology (Pest and Disease Management)

Hobbies

    Nature walks, Family Time, Gigs, Festivals, Reading, Podcasts, Gym, Football, Camping and Swimming

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