John Parker is Senior Arboriculture & Landscape Specialist at Transport for London. He is a member of the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) Executive Committee and was Chair of the LTOA from 2016-2018. Amongst his priorities is to promote the importance of urban trees and the work of public sector tree officers and managers. He is a Chartered Arboriculturist with the Institute of Chartered Foresters, a Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association and an Associate of the Royal Society of Biology. In 2017 John was awarded the title of European Young Urban Forester of the Year by the European Forum on Urban Forestry. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and conferences in the UK and internationally and in 2018 he delivered a TEDx talk about urban trees and tree officers which can be found on YouTube – search for ‘Why trees are better than people, John Parker’.