STRI Group has strengthened its Australian operations following a series of new high profile appointments

Business development manager Mark Stidwill arrives from PGG Wrightson Seeds, bringing a wealth of turf and business development expertise to the group. Mark will be based out of STRI’s Brisbane office, but will be working across the business operations in Asia-Pacific.

STRI continues its investment in the well-known SportsTurf business, now part of the STRI Group, through the recent addition of Sam Myott to its agronomy team in Melbourne.

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in turfgrass management throughout Australia and Asia, having managed and worked on many world class golf courses, bowling greens and other sporting facilities throughout the region.

Senior agronomist Michelle Dickinson also joins SportsTurf from Ground Science to expand the SportsTurf business into Queensland. She has over 25 years’ experience in the sports turf industry, and will be providing expert consultancy and agronomic services after relocating to the Sunshine State.

The Melbourne-based consultants, SportsTurf, recently moved into new offices in Mt Waverly and will continue to offer professional agronomic, design and construction supervision services, as well as laboratory diagnostics from its brand-new laboratory facility.

Over the past five years, STRI has bolstered its position as a market leader in the sports surface industry. It recently joined forces with Auburn University in the USA, as well as started work on several large-scale football projects through its joint venture in China. This is in addition to recent significant investments made at its facilities in the United Kingdom and Qatar.

Director of operations in Australia Dr Marke Jennings-Temple said: “Our business is investing in talented, knowledgeable staff across the company, to support our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality technical services to the turf industry in Australia.”

For more information contact:
Marke Jennings-Temple at STRI Australia on +61 (0)7 3488 2829 or email

About STRI Group

STRI Group is the leading global design and consultancy specialist for the development of elite standard sports surfaces. Providing advice and expertise on the research, design, construction and management of both natural and artificial sports fields of play across the world.

STRI was established in the UK in 1929, and now operates globally out of its three research and design hubs in Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, servicing over 2,000 clients annually. Clients include some of the world’s most iconic sports venues, international tournaments, sports governing bodies, sports club owners and facilities managers, local authorities and schools.

STRI Group has within its capabilities extensive staff resources working across wide range of R&D, design, consultancy and sustainability disciplines.

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