Meet The Team

At JCA, we have a specialist team of personnel that each specialise in the different areas that we offer services in. Want to find out more about our team before you get in touch? Here is a bit of information about all our members.

Principal Consultant and Managing Director

Jonathan Cocking

F.R.E.S., Tech. Cert. (Arbor.A), PDipArb (RFS) FArborA CBiol MSB. MICFor. Jonathan is a Registered Consultant and Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and sits on its Professional Committee. He has 31 years experience in the Arboricultural profession and served for eight years as Senior Arboriculturist with a large local authority before establishing JCA in 1997. Jonathan has since developed JCA’s portfolio of services and its extensive client base. He is a Chartered Biologist, a Chartered Arboriculturalist and an Expert Witness with much experience of litigation work.

Technical Director

Toby Thwaites

BSc (Hons), HND (Arboriculture). Toby joined JCA in 1998 after graduating in Ecology at the University of Huddersfield and has since graduated in Arboriculture at the University of Central Lancashire. A former JCA team leader and Consulting Arboriculturist, Toby is now Technical Director and oversees all office and on-site activities at JCA and is on hand to offer technical support and advice.

Operations Director

Charles Cocking

FdSc (Arboriculture), MArborA. Charles joined JCA in January 2014 as an Apprentice having previously worked for the company on a part time basis during 2013. Charles obtained his Foundation Degree in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College, York and is now Director of Operations at the company. His roles include contract, staff and cash management, whilst focusing on general business growth and offering support to both Managing and Technical Directors.

Consulting Staff: Arboriculture

Andrew Bussey

LANTRA Accredited PTI. Andrew joined JCA having spent 12 years working as a tree surgeon for various private companies and a Local Authority. He has various NPTC qualifications, is QTRA qualified and has a LANTRA certificate in Professional Tree Inspection.

Emily Wilde

FdSc (Arboriculture). Emily joined JCA having previously worked for various private tree surgery and consultancy companies over the past 8 years. She initially obtained a ND in Forestry and Arboriculture, followed by a FdSc in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College, York. Emily has various NPTC certificates and is QTRA qualified.

Mick Eltringham

ND (Forestry). Mick joined JCA after spending 12 years working in the industry for various private companies in the north and south of England. He has also spent the last five years working as a consultant for two canopy research projects in the Amazon Rainforest, working with Oxford University and the University of Arizona. He has various NPTC Qualifications.

Dan Kemp

FdSc (Arboriculture). Dan joined JCA with nearly 30 years’ experience in arboriculture. He worked as a London Tree Officer for 12 years and in several arboricultural and horticultural management posts, specialising particularly in tree risk assessments and tree related subsidence.

Ryan Bateman

BSc (Hons)FdSc (Arboriculture) TechArborA. Ryan joined JCA in 2020 after working as a Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College in York. Ryan has both practical skills, NPTC qualifications and theoretical knowledge and owned his own contracting business prior to, and whilst working as a lecturer.

Luke Wickham

FdSc (Arboriculture and Urban Forestry). Luke joined JCA in 2021 after obtaining his Foundation Degree in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at Askham Bryan College. Having previously worked within the industry for the past 4 years, running his own small business and sub-contracting for local firms, Luke brings a sound knowledge and understanding of the practical and academic sides of the industry.

Scott Hincks

City and Guilds (Forestry) Scott arrived at JCA in January 2022 having experienced managing trees in a variety of environments for 25 years. This experience involved working as an Arborist/Tree Surgeon operating in the Utility and Domestic areas, including working for Network Rail, Northern Electricity board, Canal and River Trust, National Trust, Housing Associations and Local Authorities. Scott has many NPTC certificates in practical Arboriculture and enjoys volunteering time and skills to the Woodland Trust.

Hazel Irving

FdSc (Arboriculture and Urban Forestry). Hazel joined JCA in 2022 after obtaining her Foundation Degree in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at Askham Bryan College. Previously worked in the horticulture industry, volunteered with the National Trust and Yorkshire Arboretum and completed the 2021 student research internship at the RHS Wisley Plant Health Centre.

Principal Ecologist

Adam West

BSc (Hons) Animal and Wildlife Management. DBS checked. Adam joined JCA to lead the expanding ecology department. Having returned to education as a mature student, Adam studied Countryside Management for two years before undertaking a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Wildlife Management, for which he was awarded First Class Honours. Adam has many years’ experience in ecological consultancy, working on projects ranging from individual planning applications to national infrastructure projects. Adam holds a Natural England Level 1 great crested newt survey class licence, a Natural England Level 2 bat survey class licence (and the Scottish and Welsh equivalents) and a CSCS card. Adam is a member of CIEEM.

Consulting Staff: Ecology

Audrey Bourdais Paull

BSc (Hons) Zoology. Audrey joined JCA in 2022 after graduating in Zoology from the University of Leeds. Audrey volunteered for many years with various wildlife conservation and rescue organisations, as well as working on various projects to develop a variety of field survey techniques, report writing and data analysis skills. Audrey is looking forward to developing her ecology consultancy experience with JCA, as well as combining her previous dog training and detection work with ecology to expand into ecology detection dogs.

Helen Chambers

MSc by Research in Environmental Studies, BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology. Helen joined JCA in 2022 after completing her master’s by research degree at the University of Salford. In 2019 Helen graduated with First Class Honours BSc Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology, where she gained theoretical knowledge of, and practical experience with, wildlife monitoring and wildlife legislation. She is hoping to further develop her ecological surveying and report writing skills at JCA.

Amy Donaldson

Bsc (Hons) Zoology (International). Amy joined JCA in 2022 after graduating with a First Class Honours from the University of Leeds. Amy volunteered for numerous years with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust to develop a variety of field surveying skills. In 2020 Amy began bat surveying, where she gained practical knowledge and experience in the field. Amy is looking forward to developing her report writing and data analysis skills with JCA, and is hoping to get her Level 1 bat survey class licence soon.

Other Team Members

Accounts Manager
Catherine Cocking

Administrative Assistant
Lorraine Spink

Marketing Manager
Lisa Beedham

Credit Controller
Kelly Saunders

IT Officer
Richard Tamworth