Profile: David is the first independent Chairman of the IOG, he also currently chairs BISL (Business in Sport & Leisure). Previously he has worked with Goodform Ltd, Badmington England, Sport England to oversee the setting up of ISPAL.
His early career was in sales & marketing with companies such as Shell, Unilever & Dexion. From 1971 to 1991 he worked for the Department of the Environment as a senior civil servant, from 1983 - 1988 he was a senior advisor on sport and seconded as Director at the Sports Council in 1988 & 1989.
Born in Cornwall, educated at Hampton Grammar & the University of Wales, he now lives in Reigate with his partner Jenny.
Profile: Ian is the current IOG National Treasurer and is also treasurer for his local IOG branch in the South West of London.
He currently works at the Bank of England as Grounds & Facilities Manager, this is where he started his career as a trainee and has worked his way up the ranks. The Bank of England site is 30 hectares with an additional 10 next door owned by the LTA which Ian and his team look after.
Ian has studied at Norwood Hall, Capel Manor and more recently Merrist Wood gaining IOG, City & Guilds qualifications and more recently HNC & HND in Sports Turf and Arboriculture.
Profile: Richard is currently the England Director working in conjunction with the Midlands Region.
Richard has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by choosing a career in groundsmanship. He first qualified as an engineering machinst but changed to his first love.
He started off as a gardener for his local council, then moved to Ubridge Cricket Club and then moved to his current role of Grounds Manager at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood London. He is currently Chairman of the London North Region & London North West Branch.
Profile: Roy is currently the Scotland Region Director. He was born and educated in Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire, after school Roy moved to Pittmedden, Aberdeenshire where he served an apprenticeship with the National Trust.
Roy currently works with Fife council as the training officer for Parks & Countryside.
Roy is a member of the Fife branch of the IOG and is heavily involved with the organisational committee of IOG Scotsturf which is held annualy at the Highland Hall in Edinburgh.
Profile: Les is the first Director to the newly formed Welsh Region.
He started his career in grounds maintenance for a local authority, attended the Llandaff Institute of Higher Education & Pencoed College gaining both City & Guilds and IOG qualifications in Sports Turf Management & Decorative Horticulture.
Les currently works for the University of Glamorgan as Head Groundsman and while there has gained further qualifications, BTEC Land Surveying, IOSH Managing Safety, CITB Machinery Plant Operation & become an A1 NVQ Assessor.
Les currently sits on the Welsh Regional and Branch committees of the IOG as well as carrying out the role of Assistant Site Operations Manager at IOG SALTEX.
Profile: Fred is currently the England Director working in conjunction with the London & East Region.
He started his career as a trainee gardener with Coventry Parks Department, he gained an ONC in horticulture at Oaklands college.
He currently works as Grounds Manager at Brighton College, an independent school with a team of 5 maintaining all the sport and amenity areas. Fred currently serves on the Sussex branch and the London South Regional committee.
Profile: Peter is currently the England Director working in conjunction with the South West England Region as well as holding the role of Vice Chairman for the IOG Board.
Peter works for the University of Bristol where he holds the position of Grounds Manager.
He holds numerous positions within the IOG network of branches & regions as well as previously having been involved as a lecturer for Cricket Level 1 courses and assistant operations manager for IOG Saltex.
Profile: David is currently the England Director working in conjunction with the North Region.
David was educated at the University of Nottingham, then spent some time working on a self employed basis in agriculture & construction.
For the last 15 years he has been the Grounds Manager at Skipton Castle with responsibility for staff, lawns. listed buildings and the environment. He also spends time working on a voluntary basis at Earby Cricket Club.
He is currently Chairman of the vibrant West Yorks/Leeds branch of the IOG and heavily involved in Regional activities in the North of England.
Profile: David holds the position of Independent Director on the IOG board and is a Director of TrioPlus, a market leading niche consultancy providing innovative solutions to organisations involved in sport, physical activity, leisure and culture. He has extensive knowledge of project and programme start ups, funding networks and working at Government level with politicians and advisors.
David also delivers Grant Funding and Corporate Governance Workshops on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and is a visiting lecturer at CASS Business School, City University, London.
Previously David was Director of the Lottery Sports Fund for eight years from 1994 - 2002, taking where he took responsibility for the establishment and operation of the National Lottery Community Sports Fund, and the ‘World Class’ elite performance programmes.
A graduate of the University of Bath, David started his career in the private sector with Marks and Spencer plc and then spent more than 20 years working in the public sector. Part of his portfolio was developing the very successful ‘Recreation Management’ exhibition over a period of 10 years, at the time the primary event in the sport and leisure calendar.
Profile: Kate holds the position of Independent Director on the IOG board. She established the Turf Disease Centre in 2000 to provide an independent analysis and information service on turfgrass pests and diseases.
A background of plant pathology, physiology and microbiology at Birmingham University and Long Ashton Research station. She achieved her first degree in 1986 and her PhD in 1995.
As such, she has worked closely with turf managers, consultant agronomists and technical representatives from across the amenity sector, mostly in the UK and Ireland, but increasingly throughout Europe and beyond. Peter Lee
Profile: Peter holds the position of Independent Director on the IOG board.
Peter Lee, OBE, is formerly chief executive of the Football Foundation and the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (2000-2006), as well as a member of the Government’s Football Task Force and chief executive of the Football Trust (1990-2006).
He is currently chairman of the Welsh Football Trust.
Profile: Dougie is the Head Groundsman at West Ham United FC and was appointed Independent Board Member in late 2011.
Dougie has extensive experience as a groundscare professional starting off at Gogarburn Golf Club, Edinburgh, and later moving to the Scottish Rugby Union in 1995. Now having worked for West Ham United FC for almost 15 years and a member of the IOG for 18 years, Dougie is in invaluable contributor to the Board. Dougie also holds a BTEC HNC in Sports Turf Science.