David Carpenter is new chair of IOG

By Alistair November 4, 2019 11:38 Updated

David Carpenter has taken over as chair of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) for the next three years.

“I see my role as being one of continuity and building on the excellent work of a great board,” he said.

“And one of the ways forward is by utilising every aspect of market intelligence possible so that the IOG can continue to bang the drum for an industry that is highly-valued – in both annual turnover as well as in the worldwide reputations of those within it.”

With a pedigree of success in his former roles with the Sports Council and the Lottery Fund, David – who has been an IOG board member for nine years – is certain he can make a difference.

“The ‘Young IOG Board’ has been a fantastic initiative, but we need to continue to lift the image and profile of a career in this industry, and work hard to promote the sector, especially to the younger generation.

“It is clear that job satisfaction is high – once people enter this sector they tend to stay in it – but we must do more to not only address salaries but, importantly, to also promote the high skill sets that are required to maintain our sports surfaces,” he said.

“Today’s greenkeepers can justifiably be called turf scientists and their work is essential to the success of sport.

“That is a message that we must drum home again and again to the sports industry and to the general public.

“One of my main roles will be to champion IOG initiatives like the Pitch Grading Framework (PGF), the programme that highlights the skills needed to maintain every level of natural sports turf surfaces, alongside the appropriate education and training pathways. I am adamant that this framework needs to be actively accepted by our partners, by sports clubs and especially by local authorities which in particular have been severely hit by a skills’ (and manpower) shortage.

“We have to improve the skills and knowledge of everyone involved in turf care. And we have to continue to raise the profile of the IOG and cement its status as the ‘go-to’ organisation for everything to do with turf care and playing surfaces. It will be a five- to 10-year programme.”


By Alistair November 4, 2019 11:38 Updated

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