The IOG Annual General Meeting 2019






To be held at the prestigious De Vere Staverton Estate, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 6JT

To include lunch and an on-site turf maintenance presentation. Sign up to the AGM today!


First the formal bit!

Members are hereby invited to the AGM, which this year takes place in the Stafford & Canterbury Suite of the De Vere Staverton Estate, Daventry at 12:00noon on Wednesday 18 September 2019. Arrival and registration from 10:30am.

Please find below the agenda, minutes of the 2018 AGM, details of resolutions to be voted upon and the proxy voting forms for the meeting.

We have a couple of simple rules. First, because the AGM has formal tasks and responsibilties, affecting the IOG’s policies and strategy, and finances, any member who wishes to raise a question from the floor needs to submit his or her question to at least 24 hours before the meeting starts; for Chair consideration on its inclusion. This is so that we can be sure that issues and questions raised at the AGM, and the answers to be given by the Chair, CEO or Board, have been properly considered.

Second, only voting members are allowed to table questions and vote on any resolutions.  How do you know if you are a voting member?  If you are in either of the member categories below, then you are able to ask questions and vote.

Individuals (excluding those with Student Status, Under-16 Status and/or Domestic Status and/or Organisational Staff Membership Status)

Associate Members shall have one vote exercisable by a nominated representative -  this category includes Organisation/Facility Memberships:- Education, Grassroots, Local Authority, Professional Organisation, Professional Sports Club, Public Amenity, Estates, Independent School.

Can you still attend the AGM if you are not in one of the above categories?

Yes, if you are in any of the member categories listed below you are entitled to attend the AGM, but you are not entitled to table questions or vote.

Corporate Plus

Individuals with Student Status, Under-16 Status and/or Domestic Status and/or Organisational Staff Membership Status.


Now the social bit !

The AGM will be followed by a buffet lunch after which, at approximately 2pm, there will be a presentation on turf care maintenance relating to the golf course, which lasts approximately 1 hour.


How to sign up

If you're an IOG member and would like to attend this year’s AGM, please register immediately with our head office - phone 01908 312511, or email

We hope to see you there. Plenty is happening, lots to talk about, and it’s a great opportunity to engage, network and hear more about the IOG.


Yours truly,




Annual General Meeting Agenda

Institute of Groundsmanship – 2019 AGM Agenda

                   at   The De Vere Staverton Estate, Daventry Road, Daventry, NN11 6JT

                                                         12:00 noon

                                    on   Wednesday 18 September 2019

1  Opening - by IOG Chair (departing), David Teasdale. Accompanied by new IOG Independent Chair, David Carpenter; IOG CEO; IOG Director of Finance / Company Secretary; and IOG Auditor, Ruth Dorans

2  Apologies 

3  Minutes of the 2018 AGM to be approved by the meeting

4  Briefing on voting details

5  Statement on the annual accounts and balance sheet from the Auditor

6  Resolution 1   To ask the meeting to formally approve the accounts

7  Resolution 2   To ask the meeting to approve the auditors for the ensuing year

8  Update from the new Chair and CEO - to include confirmation of changes to the IOG Board of Directors

9  Resolution 3   To ask the meeting to approve the redrafted Memorandum and Articles of Association to replace existing - with briefing from IOG CEO

10 Any other business

11 Closing remarks by IOG's new Independent Chair, David Carpenter

RESOLUTION 1   To ask the meeting formally to approve the accounts

RESOLUTION 2   To ask the meeting to approve the auditors for the ensuing year

RESOLUTION 3   To ask the meeting to approve the redrafted Memorandum & Articles of Association to replace exisitng as set out on the attached

(a copy of the existing Memorandum & Articles of Association can be found here)

Proxy Voting Forms

Complete either Form A, or Form B 

Please note that only paid-up individual members, other than student members, and appointed representatives of paid-up Associate Members are eligible to vote, either in person or by proxy at the AGM.

Proxy Form A

If you cannot attend the AGM but would like to specify the way in which your Proxy vote is used, you must appoint the Independent Chairman as your Proxy in order to formally record your voting wishes. In order to do this you must complete Parts 1 and 2 of the form. If you do not complete Part 2 the Independent Chairman will vote on your behalf as he thinks fit. To download and view Proxy Form A click here.

Proxy Form B 

This form allows you to give your vote to someone who will be in attendance on the day at the AGM and vote as they believe is best for the Institute and its members. To download and view Proxy Form B click here

James Wright has been Nominated for re-election to the position of IOG Sector Director

James represents the education sector.

James has been an IOG Board member since 2016. He has been actively involved in groundsmanship for 25 years. Initially as a volunteer groundsman at Dunnington Cricket Club, and later undertaking seasonal work at Forest Park Golf Club.  More recently he has worked on golf courses in Spain and Ireland and successfully completed in the Ohio Programme which included working for 4 years at Double Eagle Club. He currently holds the position of Grounds & Gardens Team Leader at the University of Leeds.

 James has a HND in Turfgrass Science, and BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture).

 He has been an active member of the IOG Yorkshire branch for the past 7 years and currently holds the role of Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. In recent years he has worked with the IOG to implement two successful education days aimed at the volunteer groundsman sector, which not only provided educational seminars but also gave greater accessibility to members of the IOG.


Gregory Smith has been Nominated for the position of IOG Sector Director - Education

Gregory has been a member of the IOG throughout his career and is now keen to help and support it through a position on its Board of Directors. Gregory has supported and helped develop and grow a number of people through varying horticultural courses on natural grass and artificial/3G surfaces.

Gregory describes himself as self-motivated, with a proven record of supporting the IOG and the Nottinghamshire FA when they first launched the PIP for local football clubs. He also supported the role in Nottinghamshire up until 2015, working with Tom Rowley (IOG - GaNTIP) and Ricky Stevenson (Nottinghamshire FA).

Gregory has been involved in sports ground maintenance since 1983 and has always enjoyed his roles. Firstly, working through the YTS scheme and learning from experienced Groundsmen at Boots Sports Ground and studying for his City and Guilds and NVQ to level three.

For fifteen years as Head Groundsman/Stadium Manager, with a small team, Gregory produced the first team football pitch for Notts County FC and Nottingham Rugby Club. Supporting both sports to a high standard he came 2nd to Twickenham at the IOG awards in 2012

Currently at Nottingham University, Gregory works alongside the Director of Estates and of Sport. He describes himself as part of a team that delivers sport for the students and organises large events; held both nationwide and locally.

Gregory won an IOG award for best artificial surfaces and achieved a ‘Highly commended’ for the University and Colleges Grounds Team in 2018. The proudest achievement to date for Gregory is; for the 2nd year Nottingham University have hosted the BUCS Big Wednesday UK finals.


Two new Independent Directors have been appointed by the IOG Board of Directors

Dr Peter Grant

Dr Peter Grant is Director of the Charity MSc programme at Cass Business School, City University of London and is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in public and charitable funding. After working in the arts he was Director of an inner-city sports charity for eight years. On the commencement of the National Lottery he moved to Sport England where he devised the first Lottery programme to favour areas of deprivation and was one of the architects of Awards for All. As Director of Operations at the New Opportunities Fund between 1999 and 2005 he developed and delivered over £4.5 billion of funding programmes.

Peter's research and consultancy clients include government departments and charitable foundations. Past consultancy work has included the involvement of charities and public bodies in the London 2012 Olympics; the operation of parole processes in England and Wales and global senior management training for BP. Recent clients include the Prince's Charities and the Cabinet Office for whom he has developed the training programme for government grant making.

He has published widely on philanthropy, CSR, and history (notably the period of the First World War). Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Peter plays cricket for Kent over 60s and is President of Kennington Cricket Club for whom he has played over 1,200 times.


Andy Spetch

Andy joined British Sugar in 1987, initially joining as an Agricultural trainee, he worked as an agronomist for the company in England and Poland.  Andy holds the BASIS, FACTS and NEBOSH qualifications and has a Diploma in Sales Management with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 1997 Andy took over the management of British Sugar’s TOPSOIL business. The role involves managing the production, marketing and sales of the topsoil received with the beets. Andy held the role as Affiliate Director on the BALI board for 2 years and currently sits as Vice Chairman for BALI Anglia region.

Outside of work

Andy is a volunteer Groundsman for a National 2 Rugby Union club ‘Bury St Edmunds’ and a Volunteer Pitch Advisor for the RFU.