Benbow Brothers pride ourselves on the friendliness and professionalism of our staff. They constantly strive to improve their skills both practical and academic.
Current Staff Profiles
Ken Benbow – Tree Surgery Director.
Served his apprenticeship in all aspects of timber work when he joined the family business in 1966 straight from school. He worked in all departments, passed his HGV and soon established himself as a very proficient timber feller. He spent some six months in Canada working as a Lumberjack and then came back to the family firm with experience of modern methods of timber loading which he put into practice with great success.
Les Benbow – Haulage and Merchanting Director.
Studied Engineering at Manchester University. Joined the family firm in 1977 having worked in Industry for ten years. With his sound engineering/mathematical background he became joint Director with Ken and he runs the Haulage and Merchanting side of the business.
Dale Benbow – Company Secretary
Formally trained in secretarial studies at Shrewsbury Technical College she then worked in Insurance with the N.F.U. She was Bursar’s Secretary at Ellesmere College and then Secretary to the Deputies at Thomas Adams School, Wem. She joined the family business in 1980. When the Company became limited she was appointed Company Secretary and now deals with all aspects of Administration and Accounts.
Chris Hearn – Tree Surgery Manager
Chris is in charge of all aspects of tree surgery and was promoted to the Senior Management team in October 2005. Chris brought his expertise to Benbow Brothers when the Company bought out Midland Tree Specialists in 1991. Received recognition at college for obtaining the highest recorded marks in Cert. Arb (RFS) Theory Examination, passing with Distinction.
Andrew Davies, MA – Business Manager
Andrew has a wealth of Administration experience having worked in the Public Sector for ten years. He brings with him extensive computer skills and is introducing a CRM system to develop our efficiency in the ever-changing IT environment.
Robert Norgrove – Tree Surgeon and Workshop Manager
Brought extensive tree surgery knowledge to the company when we bought out Midland Tree Specialists in 1991. Rob is an experienced Climber and Arborist. He is responsible for the Workshop and associated admin, Vehicle Maintenance records and cataloguing and ordering tree surgery equipment.
Paul Jamieson – Haulage Management
Paul joined the company in 1982 and is the longest serving employee. As a young boy he came in his spare time, and on leaving school he joined the firm as a Forestry Worker. However, his passion was for driving big vehicles and he could not wait to pass his H.G.V. and he has driven large vehicles for the company since then. His interest in timber haulage has developed over the years. He studied and passed his C.P.C and he aids Les with the haulage aspect of the business.
Darren Coxhill – Tree Surgeon
Came to Benbow Brothers under the Jobwise National Traineeship Placement scheme from Walford College in 1999 and is now one of our most experienced climbers. You will often find him high up in a tree assisting in a crown reduction or trim
Nick Mapp – Tree Surgeon
Came as a student Arborist in 2005 and joined the company as a full-time Trainee Arborist in 2006 he has gone on to receive his Cert. Arb (RFS) and HGV driving license whilst working for the company, and is now responsible for the statutory Tachograph information.
Mark Williamson – Tree Surgeon
Mark is one of our most experienced Tree Surgeons and Arborists. He received his Cert Arb. RFS Certificate with Credit. Mark came in 2006 from Reaseheath College where he studied for his National Diploma in Land Based Technology, his sound mechanical/technical background compliments his skills in arboriculture.
Ben Worthington – Arborist
Joined the team in 2015 as a student arborist from Rees Heath college. An enthusiastic and skilled climber he is now fully trained as a Tree Surgeon, and has gained greatly in experience. He is a valued member of the team.
Chris Ditchburn – Arborist
Chris Spent 17 years as a mechanical engineer. Changed direction for a career in Arboriculture. Gained his Chainsaw and Climbing tickets through training with Ian Morgan ARB in Staffordshire.
Brett Doughty – Arborist
Brett relocated with his family, from London. Having worked for fifteen years as a Tanker Operator, latterly with Simpson Spence Young Ltd, and Unipec UK Ltd., he has changed direction for a career in arboriculture
Harry Benbow – Arborist
Harry had family firm business interests from childhood! Initially he worked with us part-time during school and college holidays. He has now joined the family firm full-time and is undertaking Arboricultural training in all aspects of the work.
Harley Summerfield – Arborist
Came to Benbow Brothers under the Reaseheath Apprenticeship scheme (NPTC level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboricluture) Jan to Dec. 2014. He worked here for two years and we came to value his contribution to the Workforce.
He has now re-joined the company and we are very pleased to welcome him back.
Sue Winter – Part-time Administrative Assistant
Sue came in March 2009. With a great deal of experience in the roll of a full-time P.A. she is a welcome addition to the Staff to help with the ever increasing Office administration.
Joff came on the Youth Training Scheme from Walford College in 1997 and became a full-time employee in 1999. Last year Joffrey moved to working part-time so he can concentrate on his own business as a commissioned chainsaw artist
Martin Jones – Tree Surgeon
Martin Jones is a fully qualified Tree Surgeon, and machine operator, who operates his own landscaping business and works with us on part-time basis.
Benbow Brothers are proud of our staff and their commitment to professional tree-care. To tell us how they can help you and your trees please contact us.