Our Team

Our Team

Phil Witten

Director │ Senior Arborist │ GIS Analyst

Phil Witten is the Director and Principal Arborist at Tree Survey. He commenced work in the arboriculture industry in early 2010, progressing from a variety of hands-on roles, before moving on to consulting. Phil has used his extensive experience and education to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how to successfully survey, assess and manage large tree populations. Phil has developed a reputation for delivering complex projects within strict timeframes. His reliability and dedication to all the projects he has been involved in has been the foundation for the growth and success of Tree Survey with customer service and satisfaction an important priority. One of the greatest benefits of working as a consulting arborist is the variety of projects with differing landscapes we experience. Phil has worked in many of the most beautiful parts of Australia, including the Heritage Listed Royal National Park, Monga National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and Kosciusko National Park.

  • Arboriculture (AQF level 2)
  • Arboriculture (AQF level 3)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture (AQF level 5)
  • Registered Consulting Arborist No. 2458
  • ArcGIS (Environmental Management)
  • iTree Masterclass
  • QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • Advanced QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • TRAQ Qualification – Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
  • RISI Qualification – Rail Industry Safety Induction
  • ARTC Qualification – Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • ACS Qualification – Assess Corridor Safety
  • AQF Level VIII in Arboriculture (Graduate Certificate)
  • Professional Member International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification Number: 246522
  • Professional Member Arboriculture Australia (AA) Certification Number: 2458
  • Society for Risk Analysis Australia and New Zealand (SRA-ANZ)
Our Team

Lex Atkins

Senior Arborist │ GIS Analyst

Lex is a well-known and likeable figure in the arboricultural community of NSW and as worked as the project arborist on multiple large-scale projects, providing high-level advice on tree management, tree sensitive design solutions, risk assessment and impact assessment. Lex has worked with a broad range of clients across a variety of sectors. Some of these include government, infrastructure, and urban development. Project experience includes Cumberland Council Urban Tree Strategy, Woolloomooloo Sewer Separation, TfNSW Easy Access Station Upgrades, and Parramatta Light Rail.

  • Arboriculture (AQF level 2)
  • Arboriculture (AQF level 3)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture (AQF level 5)
  • QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • Advanced QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • Tree Anatomy Course
  • RISI Qualification – Rail Industry Safety Induction
  • ARTC Qualification – Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • ACS Qualification – Assess Corridor Safety
Our Team

Mike Daws

Senior Arborist

Mike Daws is a passionate arborist with a genuine love for trees. Mike has a background in tree climbing, previously running a business specialising in tree maintenance, difficult access pruning and habitat creation. A progression to consulting was only natural, building on the strong familiarity with the physiology and behaviour of trees earned through a career of pruning. Mike has a strong eye for assessing tree condition and discerning structural defects. Mike is an expert in Tree Risk Assessment and holds advanced tree risk assessment qualifications under the QTRA framework. Mike’s project experience includes an impressive portfolio; Randwick City Council Street Tree Database, Grose River Bridge Project, Infrastructure Upgrades for Blue Mountains City Council and NSW Public School Tree Risk Assessment Program.

  • Arboriculture (AQF level 3)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture (AQF level 5)
  • Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • Advanced QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • RISI Qualification – Rail Industry Safety Induction
  • Professional Member Arboriculture Australia (AA) Certification Number: 11460
Our Team

Chad Shakeshaft

Senior Arborist

Chad has now been working in the arboricultural industry for over 10 years. Chad is highly motivated in providing quality tree assessment, management, and feedback to all his clients in the private, commercial, and public sectors.

  • Arboriculture (AQF level 2)
  • Arboriculture (AQF level 3)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture (AQF level 5)
  • QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Our Team

Damian Green

Senior Arborist

Damian Green is an experienced consulting arborist. Arboriculture has become second nature to him with an excess of 20 years of experience across the globe in various roles within the industry including tree planting, climbing, client management and consultant-based work. This experience has allowed him to develop a solid understanding and knowledge base of tree species, their physical limitations and associated risk assessment and mitigation. Over the past years, fire damage, risk assessment and mitigation have been at the forefront of his consultant work assessing multiple regions throughout NSW for entities such as Transport for NSW, TransGrid, Hawksbury Council and Water NSW.

  • Arboriculture (AQF level 3)
  • Arboriculture (NZQF level 4)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture (AQF level 5)
  • QTRA Qualification – Quantified Tree Risk Assessment
  • RISI Qualification – Rail Industry Safety Induction
  • ACS Qualification – Assess Corridor Safety
  • Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Water NSW inducted.
  • NSW Government Schools Vendor
  • Arboriculture Australia (AA)
  • Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc (QAA)
Our Team

Phil Elzerman

Systems Engineer

Phil is an experienced systems engineer with a demonstrated history of delivering solutions to support high powered businesses. He provides IT support and administration services to aid Tree Survey in delivering the high service standard.

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

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