Employee Profile: Tom Parriss

It’s not just about the trees, from apprentice to Team Leader, employee Tom Parriss is one of Artemis Tree Services’ biggest success stories.

Tom joined Artemis in October 2013 on the apprenticeship programme. The apprenticeship programme allows trainees to gain a nationally recognised qualification and learn skills on the job whilst earning a salary.

After working in a well know chain of coffee shops, Tom wanted to work outside and had seen Artemis teams out and about. “I used to look outside and dream of being outdoors myself. I saw tree surgeons working and though I would love to do that. I saw an advert for the apprenticeship at Artemis and decided to give it a go.”

After a successful interview, Tom was offered the job. With the support of a tutor and under the expert guidance out on site of Artemis Contracts Manager, Aaron Walsh, Tom completed his apprenticeship in 2014. On graduating he became a Trainee Climber and within 6 months was promoted to Lead Climber. “For me being up in the trees is the best part of the job. It’s exhilarating and I get a real buzz when I see the result of my work”.

Tom continued to scale the heights within Artemis and through his enthusiasm, drive and great team player skills he worked his way up to Team Leader within another 6 months. Tom now manages teams of 7-8 people, liaises with clients and trains new staff. He recognises himself in the apprentices that join Artemis and is able to guide them through the process as a graduate himself.
His inspirational work ethic, positive outlook and fair approach mean he’s popular with his colleagues too. Artemis run an “employee of the month” reward scheme, where staff vote for their most deserving colleague. Tom is a regular winner of the employee of the month cash prize.

Later this year Tom is hoping to travel with Artemis to visit a Botanical Garden in Bulgaria and is continuing to further his skills by studying for his Level 4 diploma in Arboriculture. “I wouldn’t ever go back to being a barrista,” says Tom. “Although it’s hard work in the winter, you can’t beat being outdoors in the spring. I work with some great lads and I look forward to going to work, finding out if I’m felling a tree or just reshaping – each day is different”.

Update 2020

Since we posted our profile on Tom in March 2017, he has gone from strength to strength within Artemis.

These days as well as leading teams on-site, Tom goes out quoting. Tom is the first point of contact for clients and assess their tree work needs, allocating teams and resources. Tom is also studying for his Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture as part of his continuing professional development.

If you would be interested in joining Artemis we are always looking for good people to join the team – from experienced climbers to entry level apprentices. Send your CV and introductory email to office@artemistreeservices.com or fill out our contact form on our apprenticeship page.

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Paul

I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.... I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.

2 days ago

Jill, Pinner

Efficient, thorough. Listened to what we wanted and carried out expertly. All v neat and tidy. Good job all round....

1 week ago

J M

Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carri... Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carried out exactly as planned. I shall continue to recommend Artemis.

2 weeks ago

Green hill housing

we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.... we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.

2 weeks ago

Jan

Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't see... Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't seem to trouble this highly competent team. The team were extremely well equipped , and they worked together like a well oiled machine. We were delighted with their work, tidiness and very pleasant manner. And it was at a fair price.

1 month ago

David Pooley

Excellent value, great work on a terrible day...good lads!...

1 month ago

Diana Stuckey

Excellent service with experienced people who did an excellent job of pruning my tree. Would definitely use them again....

2 months ago

Jonathan

Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!... Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!

2 months ago

Phil

Very professional job. The man in charge was excellent. Did the job exactly as we wanted it. Would highly recommend....

3 months ago

Anonymous

I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, profess... I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They do great job and I would highly recommend.

3 months ago

Anonymous

Friendly staff. Work carried out efficiently. Left the area clean and tidy. Would definitely recommend Artemis....

3 months ago

Chris

Artemis are very efficient, knowledgeable, professional and easy to deal with....

4 months ago

David

This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again... This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again I'm sure.

4 months ago

Natasha

Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, ... Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, really lovely and left our garden tidier than it was before they arrived. We won’t hesitate to recommend Artemis to anyone needing tree work done

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definite... Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definitely recommend.

5 months ago

Ajay Lal

Efficient and effective service. On site team were polite and ensured the site was left clean and tidy....

5 months ago

Anonymous

From approval for the pruning to tidying up after they left, the team has been impeccably professional, pleasant and kind....

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.... Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.

5 months ago

Terry

We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard work... We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard working and knowledgable team. Thanks again, see you next year.

6 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant tea... Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant team even removed the leaves from the lawn. Thoroughly recommend! Very reasonable pricing also. No hidden extras.

6 months ago

David Lynn

The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.... The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.

7 months ago