Our Team //

Leadership Team

Our leadership team at Active Tree Services brings extensive experience, dedication, and innovation. Committed to excellence, they guide our company to sustainable growth while prioritising safety, quality, and environmental stewardship. With their strategic vision and hands-on approach, our leaders deliver superior tree care solutions across diverse landscapes.











Our Team //


Our Board of Directors at Active Tree Services provides strategic guidance and oversight, ensuring our company operates effectively and ethically. With diverse expertise and a commitment to excellence, they steer our organization towards achieving its goals while upholding our values of safety, quality, and environmental responsibility.





Our Team //


In 1975 Mark started a small business, which has since grown into Active Tree Services, an industry leading organisation.

Mark has been instrumental in bringing together tree contracting organisations through leadership of industry bodies and the sponsorship of Arboriculture Australia and Utility Arborist Association of Australia. He has played a key role in raising the level of professionalism and safety through the development of an industry code of practice and standards.

In 2004 Mark was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year for the services industry in NSW. In 2011 he invented the Bushi, a remote controlled boom saw and in 2012 Mark was selected by Australian Arbor Age as the first Living Legend of the Australian tree industry.

Who We Are //

Team Member Stories

Active people are bound through a common purpose and lived values that make Active a great place to work.  We work in small teams, our crews, often in remote and beautiful locations and almost always outdoors.

Active supports diversity in our workplace. 

Matthew Sparrow

Team Member Stories //

Matthew Sparrow

When Matthew Sparrow first enquired about the opportunity to work at Active Tree Services, he never envisaged it would lead to a job that would take him round the world, trialling the latest machinery available to the tree industry.

But that’s exactly what’s eventuated in his six years with the company. From that initial enquiry, Matthew has gone from a chipper operator on the SA Powerlines contract to a leading hand with SA Commercial.

In the process, he’s travelled to England where he trialled then helped deliver Active’s latest exciting piece of kit and now, he trains operators around the country on exactly how to use it.

That ‘kit’ is the Magni Rotating Telescopic Handler – a highly valuable piece of machinery touted as a game changer for both efficiency and safety.

With a lifting capacity of 6-tonne, it has a vertical reach of 30 metres and boasts 3-in-1 attachments that open up a whole range of opportunities for Active.

Mathew explains Active Chief Operating Officer, Jim Roberts first flagged the Magni as an item worth investigating while at a trade show overseas.

“He thought it was something that was definitely worth looking into, so in May last year Sean Stanley from Qld Commercial and I were asked to travel to the UK to see it in action,” Matthew says.

For Matthew it would be his first time overseas, and an opportunity too good to pass up.

While there, he and Sean had the chance to witness Magnis in action on a range of projects across the country.

“It was a great experience with lots of information that helped us in terms of how it could be used, and what we might need to buy in the way of attachments,” Matthew says.

“We had the opportunity to sit in it, see its capability, and gain an understanding before purchasing.”

Ultimately that experience resulted in Active importing two initial Magnis, with the first arriving in South Australia mid last year.

“We did our first job with it on June 19, removing 19 small gums,” Matthew says.

“It was a job that was supposed to take a week, but only took a couple of days.”

Since then, a second Magni has been put to use in NSW, and Matthew’s job now involves training other team members on how to operate the machinery.

“Once you get a handle on the computer side of things, it’s a pretty easy machine to operate and I just love watching the guys get to see what it does,” he says.

“Their reaction is always great.”

Matthew notes not only does the crew at Active love the Magni, but clients also appreciate its capability too.

“Yesterday for example, it was used to lift a tree off powerlines,” he says.

“That’s normally a job that might take a day, but with the Magni it took just an hour. 

“It’s one of those machines that can save clients a lot of money, as it might mean they only need to close down a street for a couple of hours rather than a whole day or longer.”

As a result, Matthew says some clients now request it for specific works and that’s likely to increase as tha Magni gains exposure on various contracts.

But for now, Matthew’s thrilled to be part of its rollout and introduction, and he remains grateful for the opportunities he’s been afforded since joining Active.

His connection with the company also runs far deeper than just a job, with his partner and sister-in-law part of Active’s administration team.

“It was my sister-in-law Bec Button who initially got me the job here,” Matthew says.

“She was working here and had nothing but good things to say, so I asked if there was anything available and she lined up an interview.

“And since then, my partner Jamie Sara has joined the team as well.”

While Matthew concedes that can occasionally make separating work and home life a little bit challenging, he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I live to work, so I’m a bit shocking,” he reflects.

“But I genuinely enjoy my job and love working at Active.”

“I’ve had the chance to work with great people, to travel interstate and to travel overseas.”

“Active’s been nothing but good to me.”