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Dave has been in the industry since leaving school. He was educated at Rodbaston, Staffordshire College of Agriculture and completed his City and Guilds phase 1 and 2 and an NCH.
Dave’s career includes a YOPS scheme at Staffordshire County Council, self-employed as a Landscape Gardener, Groundsman at Hampshire County Council, Supervisor with Tonrin Contractors.
Dave was then offered a job at Southampton FC as a groundsman where he remained for 13 years being promoted to Grounds Manager and seeing the club move to St Marys as well as doubling the size of the training ground.
He then moved to work at Charterhouse School as Grounds Manager for 9 years to look after the 250-acre estate including the gardens, golf course, woodlands and sports pitches. During which time he joined the board of the IOG.
Liverpool FC then approached Dave to become their Grounds Manager where he currently works looking after Anfield, Melwood and the Academy.
Dave’s life has revolved around groundsmanship and he feels that his various experiences in different aspects of the industry gives him a good balance as a director of the IOG. The IOG has changed over the last few years and will continue to evolve to represent its members. Dave feels that his current position enables him to see where some of the issues at the top of the industry are but also being involved in judging of grass roots pitches makes him aware of some of the pressures that the volunteer groundsman is also under.