Vacancies - IOG Board of Directors

Do you know anyone who would be suitable to join the Institute of Groundsmanship Board of Directors?

The Institute of Groundsmanship Board vacancies (Sectors - Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and Universities)

About the Institute of Groundsmanship

With the IOG having undergone significant change and momentum in the past decade The Institute of Groundsmanship is looking to replace two retiring Directors with people who can build on the solid foundations of previous Board members and help build the profile status and standing of this proud profession.

The Institute of Groundsmanship is at an exciting new phase of its development. With a new Chairman, new Independent recruits to the IOG Board and a growing executive team, we are looking for people who can both sustain and build our forward momentum. The IOG is a membership not for profit organisation comprising of the 4-home country nations in England, Scotland, Wales & N. Ireland and is the leading body representing the voluntary and professional sports turf / groundsmanship sectors.

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) was founded in 1934 by WH Bowles BEM Head Groundsman at Eton College. The first 11 founder members formed the National Association of Groundsmen which became the Institute of Groundsmanship in 1969. The original purpose was defined as being to improve the status of groundstaff and the standard of groundsmanship.

Our vision seeks to:

Promote quality surfaces and quality services and establish the Institute as the leading professional organisation for grounds management, recognised by the national governing bodies of sport and the public, private and voluntary sectors for its industry knowledge and technical expertise.

In short the IOG works to enable your future success.


The Institute of Groundsmanship is committed to compliance with the Sporting Code of Good Governance and is now looking to recruit and appoint 2 new sector directors from the Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and University sectors.  Duties include:

  • To attend board meetings (4-6 per year)
  • To attend IOG SALTEX annually
  • To attend the IOG awards annually
  • To attend other IOG Events
  • To put yourself forward for any strategy / working groups as required
  • To constructively challenge Board and executive decision making from a neutral and independent perspective
  • Help develop proposals on strategy
  • Constantly seek to establish and maintain confidence in the Institute of Groundsmanship
  • Lend your experience and background knowledge of the role and profile of Groundsmanship especially in relation to Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Have an enquiring mind and be independent in judgement
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity
  • Question intelligently, debate constructively and decide dispassionately
  • Advance the promotion, profile and understanding of the profession


Two sector positions are being recruited, the sectors in particular to be represented are Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges and Universities. To provide a breadth of skills across the Board it is anticipated that the candidates will have one of the following areas of experience and knowledge:

  • Previous senior management experience
  • Ability to influence
  • A passion for sports turf and the advancement of the profession
  • Knowledge of education and professional development
  • Experience of working in educational environments as a lecturer or Senior role within the facility

Candidates should possess an interest in sports turf management / Groundsmanship and be enthusiastic about assisting the Institute, to develop the strategy and governance to help develop the performance credentials of the profession. The term is for three years (with a possible 2 x three-year additional terms). The time required will vary but Board members should be able to contribute to the further development of the organisation. Candidate applications from the Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and University sectors are most welcome.


Sector directors may be appointed for a maximum of 3 terms of 3 years and duties require approximately 7-12 days per annum.  This includes attending IOG Board meetings, the annual AGM and Staff Event, IOG SALTEX and IOG Awards, working groups and other events as required.

Board meetings are usually held in the months of February, May, September and November, SALTEX takes place annually with the IOG Awards at the beginning of November. This is a voluntary position which is not remunerated other than for the reimbursement of travel expenses to attend board meetings and events.


The Institute of Groundsmanship recognises that it is essential to provide equal opportunities to all persons without discrimination. It is the policy of The IOG to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of appointments and/or employment.

How to apply

To apply in confidence in the first instance please send a direct message to Geoff Webb CEO of the Institute of Groundsmanship, outlining your background and suitability for the role in no more than 250 Words. Or record a 30 a second video and upload and email

How to apply (note you should either be a full member of the IOG or, willing to join the IOG prior to appointment) supporting signatures for nominees will be sought from four existing IOG member’s.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday the 21st August 2019