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Agronomy team

Paul Woodham

Paul Woodham

General manager of agronomy

Paul joined STRI in 2010 following a career in greenkeeping and golf course management. He was promoted to general manager of agronomy in February 2019. Golf has been in Paul's blood from an early age, and led to a brief spell on the amateur golf circuit, which he describes as "great experiences but frustrating results".

Although never achieving the ability of a professional golfer the adventure led to a career path in agronomy and interests in other natural turf sports. Paul is an avid Marvel and Comicon follower.

Steve Gingell

Steve Gingell

Operations manager of agronomy

Steve has worked for STRI since 2000 and his role combines providing advice to a wide range of sporting surfaces. He was promoted to operations manager in February 2019.

Whilst golf visits make up the greatest percentage of his work, Steve also spends time with equestrian surfaces such as horse racing at Cheltenham and Ascot, as well as eventing and polo. He is also heavily involved in amenity turf for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, American Battle Monuments Commission, Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace. Rounding off his wide client base, Steve provides agronomic services to schools and local authorities.

Steve lives in the West Country and enjoys sailing, gardening, walking and DIY on his 400 year-old cob house.

Conor Nolan

Conor Nolan

Senior agronomist

Conor joined the STRI in 2001 as a Sports Turf Agronomist from a background in golf design and construction. Living in the countryside, outside Dublin, he covers most of Ireland. In most recent years, his European golf portfolio has grown quite extensively. Regular trips to countries such as Belgium, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Portugal have spiced up his story.

No longer an active sportsman (soccer and golf) he has switched his allegiance to the armchair and Leinster rugby. His early passion for sport though continues to drive his will to succeed and to raise standards. Having studied landscape horticulture at University College Dublin he has an interest in garden design with Dutch and French gardens of interest. Takes every opportunity to do Pilates, a must he says for all as the years take their toll.

Emma Beggs

Emma Beggs

Senior agronomist

Emma is based in the north west of England and carries out agronomy work for a variety of clients including The R&A, golf clubs, local authorities and schools. She has also completed work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Emma graduated from Reading University with a degree in Soil Science before starting work for STRI in 1993. She enjoys playing golf and is a member of Royal Liverpool Golf Club and Wirral Golf Club.

Stella Rixon

Stella Rixon

Senior agronomist

Having gained a degree in Biological Sciences, Stella developed her love of all things grass after joining the industry in 1997. She found her way to the STRI Agronomy team in 2002 and has enjoyed every minute, especially getting her hands dirty and the wind in her hair.

Outside of work she can be found on family pursuits, gardening, running or dancing to cheesy music.

Gwynn Davies

Gwynn Davies

Turfgrass consultant

Gwynn Davies joined STRI Group in December 2018, to support extensive business growth and service development in the UK and overseas markets.

Gwynn, who is a well-known figure in the sports turf industry, has accumulated a wealth of specialist experience during his 15-year career. Initially gaining a First-Class Honours degree in Turfgrass Science and receiving an R&A Scholarship. Since then, Gwynn has held several senior positions in golf course management and consultancy, including a stint in turfgrass agronomy at STRI.

In his spare time Gwynn likes watching the Springboks or coaching his son’s junior rugby team, as well as enjoying village life with his wife and daughter. He is also doing his best to get back on his mountain bike and do more yoga.

Michael Boyes

Michael Boyes

Turgrass agronomist

Michael began is sportsturf career in 2005 as a greenkeeper in Luton, before progressing to spray technician/senior greenkeeper at The Grove, near London. He then went on to work at a Jack Nicklaus design course in Spain, followed by a stint at Oaklands College as an assessor for the greenkeeper vocational qualifications.

For five years he worked at Loch Lomond GC before spending an exciting two years in the Middle East as assistant golf course superintendent at the Trump International GC in Dubai.

He's an R&A Scholar, with a BSc in Turfgrass Science, and is currently studying for an MA in Sustainable Golf Course Management. Outside of golf, he enjoys most sports, particularly football, and naturally coming from Luton he's a Manchester United fan!!

Richard Wing

Richard Wing

Turfgrass agronomist

Richard started his sportsturf career in 2006, preparing winter sports and artificial surfaces for a Sheffield school. In 2008 he moved into golf and spent time greenkeeping in both Belgium and Ireland.

He studied a BSc in Sportsturf at Myerscough College and was selected as a scholar of the R&A. He is also currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Golf Course Management at the same institution.

In his spare time, Richard loves playing and supporting most sports, including cricket, rugby and following the trials and tribulations of Sheffield Wednesday. In 2017 he'll be attempting to run his first marathon in Manchester.

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