Abi St.Aubyn MICFor, David Archer Associates

How has chartered status helped your career?

Being chartered gives me professional recognition and reassurance to my clients of the quality they are seeking.

Some business is referred directly from the ICF consultant’s directory.

How does being a member of the Institute help you do your job better?

Training courses, the Chartered Forester Magazine, keeping up to date with events in the industry, opportunities to network at training events and opportunities to increase my knowledge of disciplines on the periphery of my main field.

Why is the Institute of Chartered Foresters membership important to you?

Shows a level of accomplishment that gives reassurance to clients.  They may not know the difference between the range of arboricultural qualifications out there, but everyone understands that to be chartered you have reached a stage in your career where you have attained qualifications and experience to be proficient in what you do.  Also, it is important in legal work, for expert witness reports to show, that I have attained the standard to become chartered.

What motivated you to become chartered?

It was a natural next step in my career.

Why do you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

Because it holds the charter for arboriculturists.

What is the best thing you’ve done through your ICF membership?

I’ve joined the South England Regional Committee which offers a great opportunity to give something back to the industry.  It’s an opportunity to meet up informally with other arboriculturists and foresters in the south-east.  It’s good to understand all the activity that is going on behind the scenes at head office and have input into future training courses on offer.  The commitment isn’t too onerous – only one meeting a year (held at a pub over lunch) and then to be on hand to help organise two or three regional training events throughout the year.