Ask the Experts

Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme


For all visitors to this year's SALTEX this is your unique opportunity to gather best-in-class sports turf management advice from IOG regional pitch advisors linked to The FA, the ECB, and the Football Foundation-funded Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement's Programme's Ask the Expert advice centre.

Here are some of the experts that will be on hand to offer advice at SALTEX 2017

Jason Booth

National manager of the IOG, FA, ECB, RFL and Sport England-funded Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme (GaNTIP), Jason was previously head groundsman at Leeds Rhinos at Headlingley Stadium.

Darren Symonds

Darren has previously worked as a groundsman at the Oxford University Parks and most recently at St Albans School. He is currently undertaking the FdSc Sportsturf Distance Learning Degree  with Myerscough College. Regional pitch advisor for the South east region.

Ian Powell

Formerly a cricket development manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Board, Ian has extensive grounds care knowledge and has provided technical assistance to clubs, grounds staff and pitch advisors for club development. Regional pitch advisor for the North and Yorkshire region.

Rob Donnelly

Rob's experienced in a wide range of professional sports turf. He has prepared pitches for the first International Cricket Test match at the Rose Bowl, for England Under 21 Internationals and training pitches for rugby teams visiting Twickenham. His most recent role was that of greenkeeper at Hockley Golf Club in Hampshire. Regional pitch advisor for the South west region.

Ian Mather-Brewster

Ian has been an IOG advisor for the previous four years under the ECB programme. This role saw him improve and support Groundsman Associations across six counties. He was also an ECB county pitch advisor for the Lancashire Cricket Board. Regional pitch advisor for the North west region.

Andy Clarke

Andy has been an IOG advisor for the previous four years under the ECB programme. He believes his current role's underlying principle is to assist others to achieve their goals in quality turf care - with education and training as the bedrock. Regional pitch advisor for the London region.

Tom Rowley

Formerly assistant groundsman at Leicester City FC his role involved maintaining the five training pitches as well as the stadium's Desso pitch. He is accredited to NVQ Level 3 in Sports Turf Management and NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture. He also holds a Diploma in Amenity Horticulture. Regional pitch advisor for East Midlands.

Kevin Duffill

With strong and practical groundsmanship experience gained over 10 years with a youth football club, Kevin has worked at the IOG in a variety of roles. He has a  BA Hons in Geography and American Studies and has undertaken various turf-specific training courses. Regional pitch advisor for the Midlands region.