Cert IV Horticulture (arboriculture) Melbourne University
Dean has been in the tree industry for over 20 years. After being heavily involved in the family owned and run business Dean moved on to providing contract tree climbing services to numerous companies around Melbourne and Victoria as well as tree consultancy and arborist reports.
After successfully completing his certificate IV in Horticulture (Arboriculture) at Melbourne University’s Burnley campus Dean moved overseas to begin a four-year stint working as a climbing arborist for a number of companies and countries in Europe. Working with some of the leading climbing arborists in the world Dean continued to learn and improve his skills and knowledge.
His roles abroad included running the prestigious Royal Parks contract in London, working in such places as, St James’s Park, Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, and Pall Mall, even carrying out tree removal tasks in the Princess Diana memorial fountain in London’s famous Hyde Park.
Dean spent one year in Norway running tree crews near Oslo, and one cold winter in Vienna Austria where temperatures dropped to below -15 degrees not ideal tree climbing conditions. Dean was also very lucky to be involved in a large tree care project in Hamburg, Germany where a 400-year-old Jewish cemetery was being prepared to become a United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site.
Whilst abroad Dean successfully completed his European Tree Worker Exam and became an ISA certified arborist (International Society of Arboriculture).
After heading home in late 2010 Dean embarked on his next challenge, which was Tree FX.
Dean loves trees and the challenges that come with working in them, but even more than that he loves working with other arborists and enjoys working in a team environment. Trees, travelling and people is what he thinks makes arboriculture such a fantastic and exciting industry. Dean has trouble choosing a favourite tree but does particularly like the Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box) and Fagus sylvatica Purpurea (Copper Beech).
Liliana left school in 1992 and went on to gain her chefs apprenticeship; she worked at Lilydale Private Hospital and ran the kitchen. She managed as many as ten staff and became quickly proficient at not only various culinary skills, but people and time management.
After 5 years being a chef Lil wanted a new challenge and took a position as an account manager at Amcor Fibre Packaging where she grew to love and excel at providing great customer service.
In 2007 Liliana and Dean set out on a European adventure that took them both on a 4 year trip around the continent. Working in several jobs including bar managing, painting and decorating and as a recruitment agent, Lil did it whatever it took to support her dream to travel.
In Norway Liliana worked in the landscaping division of two separate companies and assisted with landscape construction of a discontinued Oslo airport, turning the area into a pristine park and wetland reserve.
Liliana was never scared to get her hands dirty, in Hamburg she learnt to become a grounds person, quickly gaining the skills necessary to assist with the climbing arborists as they worked to prepare a 400 year old Jewish cemetery as it was to become a UNESCO world heritage site. Often in pouring rain and ankle-deep mud Lil battled through the elements gaining the respect and admiration of all of those around her.
Lil has a great passion for providing a consistently high level of customer satisfaction and goes above and beyond to achieve it. She believes the key to a successful business starts and ends with a happy customer, “Service with a smile is her motto.” She assists Tree FX in numerous roles including, admin and marketing.
Lil loves all trees and all of nature she gives new meaning to term “tree hugger” and she loves spending time on her big tree swing in the back yard.
Geert is an arborist from the UK having achieved his Foundation Degree in Arboriculture at Pershore College as part of the University of Worcester.
He then spent six months with a local tree surgery company in the UK before travelling to New Zealand. Geert spent 2013 working for a large company in Christchurch honing his climbing skills. He had the chance to work any most roles in the company from the private domestic crews to the big tree dismantle crew where all his skills were put to the test on a daily basis.
Geert was also very privileged to be asked to carry out tree pruning tasks in the Christchurch botanical gardens, a role in which he enjoyed immensely. Geert is a friendly approachable member of the team and is more than willing to answer any questions or queries you may have in regards to your trees and the work at hand.
Geert’s favourite tree is Fagus sylvatica (Beech).
Dave has completed Cert III in Arboriculture.
Prior to starting at Tree FX he worked for a company that worked extensively through the Yarra Ranges addressing woody weed removal, fire track clearance and amenity tree maintenance. This work peaked Dave’s interest in trees and their care which led him to seek out more knowledge and experience in the arboricultural field.
Dave has been with Tree FX for over 2.5 years. He takes great pride in his work and is always happy to assist with any queries you may have, and consistently receives glowing reviews from our happy customers.
Dave enjoys working in a close-knit team, and the physical and mental challenges involved working in differing environments and maintaining tree health are what he believes makes this industry great!
Dave’s favourite tree is Shinus Molle (Peppercorn.) and Corymbia ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum).
Cert III in Arboriculture (in progress).
Brodie has been working in the tree industry for two years and is currently studying his Cert III in Arboriculture. He’s experienced in ground-based work, rigging, heavy machinery, general tree maintenance, removes, make safe as well as complex rigging and vehicle machinery maintenance. Brodie loves the challenge of climbing trees and is enjoying the increased opportunity he is receiving to climb as his skill set within the tree canopy improves rapidly.
Brodie finds trees extremely fascinating, how they grow, respond and adapt to change. It’s such a complex science, but very interesting. He believes this industry serves a great purpose and understanding of just how important trees really are to us.
Brodie’s favourite tree – Toona ciliata (Red Cedar)
1st & 2nd Year Apprentice Arborist and Tree Climbing.
Prior to starting with Tree FX Sean had little experience in the tree industry. He is excited to learn and to evolve into the best climber and arborist he can be.
Growing up Sean climbed trees all the time, and loved every second of it, so when he saw this job opportunity arise, he took it straight away!
Sean’s favourite tree is Prunus serrulata (Cherry Blossom)
Having project managed large scale corporate events for many years (including International Women’s Day Great Debates – three simultaneous events in held Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – with over 2,400 attendees, sailing challenges, cycling days, gala dinners, conferences and awards nights) Caryn has extensive experience in customer service, administration, project management, scheduling, problem solving and multitasking – meaning she is well-equipped to manage the Tree FX office.
She thoroughly enjoys being able to contribute to the important work undertaken by the Tree FX team, and supporting them to be their best and to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations.
Caryn’s favourite tree is Corymbia aparrerinja (Ghost gum).
Asher joined the industry as of 2019 and has so far thoroughly enjoyed working as a grounds person and learning the ins and outs of the trade.
He believes that it’s the variables of this type of work that make this job exciting! He’s found the history of Arboriculture and the everchanging impact of technology to be extremely interesting.
Asher is very much looking forward to commencing his Cert III in Arboriculture in 2020.
Asher’s favourite tree is Wollemia Nobilis (Wollemi Pine).
Shaun has Cert III in Arboriculture and over 5 years’ experience working in greater Melbourne. A second-generation arborist with a passion for the industry that he loves. Shaun has experience working with large trees such as Victoria’s Mountain Ash which is the largest flowering tree in the world and worked maintaining some of the oldest. Shaun enjoys the responsibility of managing trees that may be alive for many centuries to come.
Shaun prides himself on giving 100% at each and every job. Being an arborist requires and teaches high discipline. It perfects repetitive motion and brings a new experience each day.
He thoroughly enjoys acquiring and sharing his knowledge to identify species and origin; and to scientifically explain tree behaviour.
Favourite tree is Ginkgo bilobal (Ginko tree or maiden hair tree).