About us – Tree removals specialists

Steve Williams – Managing Director
Steve WilliamsSteve formerly held a senior rank in the Corps of Royal Engineers and worked on all aspects of field engineering including the use of chainsaws and recovery winch systems. He still holds the World Record in bridge building over an 8m gap set in 1998.  His latter career as a bomb disposal officer focused his attention to detail and meticulous planning.. Since leaving the army after a full 23 year career, Steve retrained as a tree surgeon. The rigorous standards that he used to apply to the Regiment have been directly applied to Hawkes Tree Services Ltd. Steve holds the following arboricultural qualifications: City & Guilds CS30: Maintenance of chainsaw and cross cutting; CS31: Fell and process trees; CS38: Climb a tree and conduct aerial rescue; CS39: Use of a chainsaw from rope and harness; CS40: Carry out pruning operations; CS41: Undertake sectional felling techniques; CS48: Powered pole pruner; PA1: Pesticide foundation module; PA6: Hand-held applicators; LANTRA: Stump grinder; LANTRA: Wood chipper; LANTRA: Brushcutter; LANTRA: Basic tree survey and inspection; IPAF: Mobile elevating work platform operator; Signing, lighting and guarding; Rough terrain telescopic lift truck. LOLER Examiner of Arboricultural Equipment; LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector
Mary Gentilhomme – Office support

Mary Gentilhomme

Mary Gentilhomme supports HTS on the admin side, providing a key link between customers and the team.  Nobody likes speaking to answer phones and Mary is always there to speak to customers personally, to help them with their enquiries and ensure that if she is unable to help, a message will be passed to Steve for his attention on his return to the office.  Mary is proprietor of MJG Business & Office Support Solutions and works remotely from her offices on the Essex/Suffolk border.  MJG provides business and office support solutions to business organisations – from typing of reports, presentations, audio transcriptions, database management and mailmerges through to offering remote Virtual Assistance to clients needing a reliable, professional and pro-active approach to managing and running their office administration remotely.[hr]

Dave Tones – Team Leader
Dave  has 30 years of experience in the arboriculture industry.    An experienced climber,  he leads the team on most tree removals operations. Dave  holds the following arboricultural qualifications: City & Guilds CS30: Maintenance of chainsaw and cross cutting; CS31: Fell and process trees; CS38: Climb a tree and conduct aerial rescue; CS39: Use of a chainsaw from rope and harness; LANTRA Woodchipper: Stump grinder; LANTRA: Wood chipper.
Jim Barker- Climber/ground worker
Jim is a very experienced arborist and forestry worker. He is our lead when it comes to climbing and rigging operations.  Jim also holds the following arboricultural qualifications: City & Guilds CS30: Maintenance of chainsaw and cross cutting; CS31: Fell and process trees; CS38: Climb a tree and conduct aerial rescue; CS39: Use of a chainsaw from rope and harness; LANTRA Woodchipper: Stump grinder; LANTRA: Wood chipper.
Robin Perkins-Ground Worker/Service Engineer
Robin is our ground worker, he helps out on most jobs but is also a qualified mechanic and spends a lot of his time keeping our fleet on the road, he recently rebuilt one of our wood chippers and is currently replacing pistons in another one for another local tree company.