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Phil Gower

What made you choose Arbtech?

The choice to leave my current role and join the Arbtech family was a pretty easy one.

Putting aside the respectable salary offer and the amazing perks which are offered, it’s the clear respect and appreciation the company shows for its employees. There are a lot of companies that say they value their staff, but when you stop and dissect company decisions, they can usually be boiled down to profit-led reasoning.

It is evident, however, that Arbtech actively seeks an employee-led culture.

What do you love most about the company?

I would say that it is evident that the company has a devotion to its staff and their development.

I am an ambitious person with many personal and professional goals, and I feel that Arbtech matches that energy. Due to that factor alone, I couldn’t be anywhere better for successfully achieving these goals.

What do you do when you are not at Arbtech?

When I’m not at work, you’ll usually find me in the gym doing either CrossFit or judo.

If I’m not there, then I am most certainly taking a nap!

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

I suppose the biggest thing – and a total cliché – is the ethic to work hard, or that ‘hard work pays off’, as Matt Fraser always says.

You have to be willing to commit and put your full effort into the things you want to do, and this is a great way to tell what you are truly passionate about too.

If you say you really want something, but when it comes down to it, you are not willing to put the effort in, then you are probably lying about how much you want to achieve it.

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

In regard to socials, I haven’t been on any yet.

Throughout the recruitment process, however, I have had the opportunity to speak to various employees, all of whom have raved about the amazing trips that Arbtech has hosted.

I think I was sold on the job when I heard that they went snowboarding! Fingers crossed for another ski trip!

Where do you want to travel to next?

Both me and my wife love to travel, and although I doubt that it will realistically be the next place we go, I have always wanted to hike Everest base camp.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

In five years, I will be a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and hopefully be on my way to becoming chartered. I also hope to be preparing to undertake my master’s degree.

I can see myself remaining at Arbtech for the foreseeable future. From what I have seen so far, why would anyone leave?

Hopefully, I will have worked my way up a promotion or two – particularly as I am a very keen and ambitious person – and I hope to be generally on my way to making a known name for myself within the industry.

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

My vision and goals for myself tend to evolve as I progress through my career as new possibilities and opportunities become available.

I know that when I left school, I certainly never imagined myself leaving the tools behind. The thought that one day I could get a degree was also laughable. I suppose the things I do know for sure are that I hope to have finished my degree.

And a slightly more odd one – I want to finally take the honeymoon that me and the wife never got to have!

Phil joined Arbtech in May 2023.

Job Title

Consultant Arboriculturist

Qualifications

  • Level 4 Professional Diploma in Arboriculture
  • Professional Tree Inspection, LANTRA

Professional Experience

  • Arboriculture

Specialist Areas

  • Tree Management
  • Tree Surveys for Planning

Hobbies

    CrossFit, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Hiking

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