Ivan Button – Managing Director and Principal Consultant
Ivan is the director and principal consultant of Crown Tree Consultancy and, since its formation, has made bespoke arboricultural report writing the cornerstone of his practice. Ivan has written innumerable arboricultural reports for the purposes of development, safety, estate management, mortgages, subsidence and mitigation. Ivan believes understanding the unique purpose of each report, along with having the relevant practical experience, is key to the businesses success.
Before establishing Crown Tree Consultancy, Ivan worked within the construction industry and received training in a broad range of practical building skills and general construction principles. During this time he obtained a BSc (Hons) at Leeds University followed by a P.G.C.E at The University of Wales.
In 1995, Ivan obtained an NCH (Arboriculture) at the University of Lincoln and went on to work for an Arboricultural Association registered consultancy for one year before establishing his own tree surgery and landscaping business in 1998. Shortly after this, Ivan obtained an FDSc in arboriculture at the University of Lancashire, which he passed with distinction.
Throughout 2009 he acted as the principal Tree Officer for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, through which he developed a thorough understanding of the arboricultural requirements of local authorities and government estates. This understanding of both the construction industry and planning authority procedures, give him a practical perspective from which to write arboricultural reports.
Ivan is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. He is a licensed Quantified Tree Risk Assessment user and a longstanding member of the Consulting Arborist Society. He is accredited as a LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector; a qualification produced in association with the Arboricultural Association which is generally recognized as appropriate for all levels of tree inspection.
Ivan has undertaken Bond Solon’s Expert Witness training (Excellence in Report Writing, Courtroom Skills, Cross-Examination and Civil Law and Procedure). Following completion and assessment, Ivan attained the Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate from Cardiff University. Ivan actively encourages ongoing academic development amongst the whole of the Crown Tree Consultancy team.
When not working writing about trees he still loves to spend time amongst them; especially in autumn when he enjoys hiking with his dog and family in the Yorkshire Dales.