Arboricultural and Ecological Consultancy Meet the team

About PJC Consultancy

PJC Consultancy is relatively unique in that we offer arboricultural, ecological and landscape design services, all from one integrated consultancy. This is increasingly useful for planning evaluations and when making planning applications, as many will require all three disciplines to be considered.

As an independent consultancy, you can be sure of an unbiased opinion about your current estate or new development. Also as a small company we can be both cost efficient and provide a fast turnaround on projects. Our reports are of high quality and supported by CAD illustrations and drawings utilising the latest software suites.

Our consultants are both academically and professionally qualified (CIEEM ,Arboricultural Association) and combine experience and expertise in ecological assessment, arboriculture, land management, project management and landscape design.

We undertake a wide range of surveys and provide clients with positive and practical solutions to meet their environmental needs. In addition, we have strong quality control procedures and offer a holistic approach to land management.

We are pleased to offer advice in keeping with our responsive, enthusiastic and proactive customer focus. Indeed you will find much information here on our website and within our guides to arboricultural and ecological considerations when undertaking a new construction project or development.

Each client is allocated a dedicated project manager to manage your relationship with PJC Consultancy. Therefore, please contact us to discuss your requirements and we look forward to working with you.

Luke White

FdSc Arboriculture M.Arbor.A

Managing Director / Arboriculturist

Luke has worked in many areas of the arboricultural and forestry sectors, including as a climbing arborist, a forestry worker, a private woodland manager, within the woodchip biomass industry and as an arboriculturist for a large multi disciplinary consultancy specialising in major transport projects throughout the UK.

Luke holds a foundation degree in science in arboriculture and is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association. He is experienced at undertaking and managing large-scale hazard evaluation surveys and producing reports for trees in relation to design, demolition and construction.

Nick Betts

HND Forestry M.Arbor.A

Director / Arboriculturist

Nick has been with PJC since its inception, and worked previously with its sister company PJ Chaffin Tree Surgery as an arborist. Prior to this he worked in utility aboriculture as a climber in power line clearance and rail contracts across the country. He started his career as a forestry worker, undertaking harvesting, planting and plantation aftercare.

He is a professional member of the arboricultural association and consulting arborist society with a higher national diploma in forestry management. He is a Lantra qualified professional tree inspector, and has been involved in large-scale condition and safety surveys for infrastructure since 2005.

Nick has worked on most aspects of arboricultural surveying and reporting but specialises in undertaking large-scale condition and safety surveys for rural estates and forestry holdings. He also provides advice on tree stock management strategy for managing agents and landowners.

Pete Davies

FdSc Arboriculture M.ArborA

Senior Arboriculturist

Pete started his arboricultural career at PJ Chaffin tree surgery as a groundsman before working in the consultancy part time. As the business grew he took a full time position and has now been a practicing consultant since 2010, working on many complex and difficult site producing BS5837 surveys. He holds a foundation degree arboriculture, is a qualified Professional Tree Inspector and is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association.

George Morris

Dip. Arb. L4

Junior Arboriculturist

Beginning his career in 2012 George studied the Level 3 extended diploma at Plumpton College. Upon completing the course, he went on to work in Melbourne, Australia as a climber and groundsman at various companies undertaking large scale tree work from the Dandenong ranges to Melbourne City Centre.

Back in the UK he went on to work as a climber for Kew Gardens at Wakehurst Place. Undertaking all aspects of tree work from planting, amenity pruning, storm clearance and specialist projects such as rigging the lights for the Wakehurst giant redwood Christmas tree. During his time at Wakehurst, George studied the Level 4 diploma with Tree Life Training before joining PJC as an arboriculturist in 2018.

Tim Ruffles

Tim Ruffles


Landscape Designer

Tim Ruffles is a Landscape and Garden designer with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Gloucestershire. He has many years experience working within a busy chartered landscape architects practice as Design team member, Architectural technician and Clark of works developing projects across multiple sectors.

Tim joined the PJ Chaffin group as operations and landscape manager for Chaffin Works delivering large scale commercial and private projects to their extensive client base. Now working for PJC Consultancy alongside the team, he offers landscape design services including initial site survey and contextual analysis, conceptual and detailed design through to construction drawings and on site project supervision and Clerk of works.

tom senior ecologist

Thomas Knight


Senior Ecologist

Tom joined PJC as a senior ecologist in early 2017.

Tom has over five years experience as an ecological consultant and has worked on a wide range of developments throughout the country including major highways and railway infrastructure projects and both large and small-scale residential development schemes.

Tom has extensive experience in undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and Preliminary Bat Roost Assessments and a broad range of specialist protected species surveys including; bats, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles, badger, otter, water vole and breeding birds.  Tom holds a class 1 survey licence for great crested newts.

Tom is also proficient in designing and implementing a wide range of mitigation and habitat management strategies for a variety of protected and notable species and habitats.

Sam Dawson



Sam joined PJC as an ecologist in early 2016 after working for over three years within a large multidisciplinary environmental consultancy, where she worked on a number of high profile, large-scale developments including major infrastructure projects in the UK.

Sam is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (ACIEEM) and holds class 1 survey licences for bats and great crested newts. She is also working towards her hazel dormouse survey licence.

Sam has worked on a range of residential and commercial projects throughout the southeast, undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Preliminary Bat Roost Assessments, Biodiversity Enhancement Schemes and a vast array of specialist protected species surveys including; bats, great crested newts, reptiles, dormice, badgers and breeding birds.

Tara Hall



Tara joined PJC as an ecologist in early 2016 after working for over three years for a national conservation charity.

She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (ACIEEM) and in addition, holds a class 1 survey licence for great crested newts and a class 2 licence for bats, whilst also working towards her hazel dormouse survey license.  As part of Tara’s training for her dormouse license, she is involved with monitoring several dormouse sites across Kent.

Tara has worked on an array of projects throughout the country, carrying out Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Preliminary Bat Roost Assessments and working with clients to incorporate effective mitigation strategies into their design proposals.

Tara is experienced in a wide range of protected species surveys including; bats, dormice, great crested newts, badgers and reptiles.

Nicolle Stevens


Graduate Ecologist

Nicolle joined PJC at the beginning of 2018 after completing a season of bat surveys with us whilst still studying Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent.

Nicolle now assists the ecology team in completing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Preliminary Bat Roosts Assessments and protected species surveys including reptiles, bats and dormice.

Nicolle is working towards obtaining her class 1 bat licence and is competent in completing ecological clerks of works (ECoW).