Thoughtplanters’ director takes up global post - 9th Nov 2012

Mark Roberts


Thoughtplanters’ director Mark Roberts takes up global post


Thoughtplanters is proud to announce academic director Mark Roberts has become the first-ever Australasian president of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Mr Roberts is the second non-American elected to lead the 88-year-old society, which represents more than 20,000 arborists from 18 countries.

“I’m excited about the role and the opportunity to put my training, experience and strategic planning skills into practice,” he says.

Mr Roberts plans to encourage more arborists to take an active role in their local arboriculture organisations and to take advantage of the membership benefits offered by the ISA.

“After all, New Zealand arborists are some of the best in the world,” he says.

“We’ve got a lot to contribute to the ISA. We’re not afraid to innovate, try new techniques and we’re big users of the latest technology. Yet we’re also known for maintaining high standards of health and safety,” he says.

“It’s important, as arborists, we keep improving our knowledge and skills by taking advantage of what organisations like the ISA and its local affiliate, the NZAA, have to offer.

“It’s about making sure we’re all the best arborists we can be and taking our skills to the world – that’s what Thoughtplanters is all about and that’s what the ISA is about too.”

Mark will spend next year as president-elect and 2014 in the presidency role.

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