Dr Iain James is Technical Director at TGMS Ltd and formerly Senior Lecturer and head of the Centre for Sports Surface Technology at Cranfield University.  He is also co-author of the ECB-Cranfield Rolling Guidelines.  Dr Simon Parsons was a Research Engineer at Cranfield University, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Institute of Groundsmanship and the ECB.

Other projects

This research was carried out by Dr Iain James and Dr Andy McLeod at the Centre for Sports Surface Technology, Cranfield University

One of the first projects to be funded by the 2012 Fund was a joint collaboration with Cranfield University to investigate playing surfaces affected by the floods of early 2008.


This project was carried out in order to understand the size and profile of our industry.