About Us

Our people


Reuben Hayes, (MArborA, MCMI), Managing Director


Reuben has spent almost 20 years within the tree care industry. He began his career in 1996, working for the National Trust in Worcestershire. This was followed by a one-year training programme with the Forestry Commission in rural Wales, where he gained practical skills in forestry management and tree care.  He then completed an HND in Arboriculture at Warwickshire College whilst also working as an arborist for national companies such as Glendale.

Reuben has undertaken a series of arboricultural roles for local authorities, including Three Rivers Council in London, the London Borough of Camden, and Cannock Chase District Council in Staffordshire.  This developed his knowledge of planning issues and legal matters such as Tree Preservation Orders, writing and assessing tree reports for planning applications, root damage investigations and subsidence claims.  He is experienced in carrying out tree inspections, looking after tree contracts and tendering for new ones, and in leading teams of people.

Working and living in London also gave him first-hand experience of the pressure that trees face in built-up areas and what can be done to mitigate these pressures.

In addition, Reuben is a tree expert for the Consulting Arborist Society (CAS), a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). He is in the process of completing his Charter with the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

 Arboricultural Association Professional Member


Nick Burke (MSc, BSc), Arboricultural Consultant 

Nick has spent over 15 years within the arboricultural field.  He graduated in 2002 with an Environmental Land Management degree and went on to gain a Masters in Environmental Forestry at Bangor University in 2005.  He has worked for Sheffield City Council, the London Borough of Camden and Thurrock Council.  These positions enabled him to gain a real insight into the needs of local authorities and the issues they face.

Nick has also spent several years within the private sector, acting as a consultant on large scale development projects.  Nick’s knowledge of trees, his pragmatic approach and his due diligence allows him to really understand both the client’s needs and the wider legal framework. He has particular expertise in BS5837:2012 Arboricultural Surveys and producing forestry management plans.

Julie Shires, Office Manager

Julie joined us in October this year.  Reuben’s partner both personally and professionally, it means that Apex Environmental is now a family affair!