John Parker MICFor, Transport for London

How has chartered status helped your career?

Chartered status is an internationally-recognised mark of professionalism and quality and, is something I was very keen to achieve. It demonstrates a level of expertise which adds credibility to professional judgements and can carry weight with members of the public and colleagues alike. To be assessed by respected and experienced members of the industry and to be deemed suitable for chartered status is a significant achievement. The high standard of commitment and broad range of skills necessary to retain chartered status benefits me as I go forward through my career.

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

The Institute’s membership is a great organisation to be a part of. Regular events, publications and communications allow me to keep up to date with the latest news, innovations and technology in the industry. By being a member I also have access to a wide range of fellow professionals, joining a network in which I can share ideas and experiences with my peers. All of this undoubtedly helps me do my job better.

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

Being a member of the Institute is important to me because of the quality of output that ICF produces and the professional network to which it gives me access to. Membership will also allow me to pursue my aim of becoming chartered, with all of the advantages that this status brings.

What motivated you to become chartered?

I was very keen to develop my skills and knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry. In 2016 I completed my BSc (Hons) Arboriculture & Urban Forestry and the natural next step for me after that was to achieve chartered status. Continuous professional development is very important to me and the process to achieve chartered status has given me an opportunity to assess where I currently am and, more importantly, to identify those areas in which I should prioritise improvement.

Why did you choose the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

I have been a member of the ICF for a few years and have enjoyed being involved with the organisation in different ways, most notably through the 2016 National Tree Officer Conference. Chartered status is something I have always aspired to, so the ICF was the obvious choice for me.

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

In 2016 I was delighted to be invited to present to delegates on the ICF study tour to London. The ICF were kind enough to indulge me in giving a somewhat unusual presentation about a fantastic, little-known site in Southwark – the Cross Bones graveyard. It was a pleasure to be able to speak to a distinguished audience in a unique venue and to have the opportunity to talk about something other than trees – in this case, local history and the outcast dead of London.