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Business team

Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey


Mark held senior leadership positions for several international companies before his chartered accountancy skills brought him to STRI in 2006.

His unique and detailed understanding of the STRI Group is based on having spent eight years as STRI finance director and subsequently managing director of STRI Australia.

Mark was appointed CEO in 2016 and is responsible for leading the STRI Group and its investments.
In addition to his professional duties he enjoys spending time with his three daughters and travelling.

Lee Penrose

Lee Penrose


Lee started at STRI in 2004 as a work experience placement while he concluded his first class honours degree in Applied Ecology. He went on to work in every department at STRI.

In 2012, after providing his consulting in sustainability, turf management and sports development, Lee took control of many of STRI’s major projects, including the Olympic Games.

He was appointed director in 2014 and now heads up all of STRI Group’s international and commercial operations.
Lee is a keen fly fisherman and has followed the highs and lows of Burnley FC since childhood.

Richard Stuttard

Richard Stuttard

Consultancy director

After starting his career at STRI as an ecologist in the early 2000s, Richard has worked his way up to lead STRI’s consultancy division, which consists of the planning, environment, design and engineering teams. He was made Group director in August 2020.

The consultancy division plays a major role in the delivery of STRI’s Plan – Design – Build – Operate model, and has delivered major global sporting projects such as the turf track at the Saudi Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In his spare time Richard enjoys spending time with his young family and beating other members of STRI staff at various racket sports.

Annette Hargreaves

Annette Hargreaves

Consultancy operations manager

Annette joined STRI in 2006 as PA to the Ecology and Environment department. Previously working at Bradford & Bingley for 16 years as PA to various senior managers and directors.

She was promoted to lead the administrative support function at STRI in 2013; and then again in 2018 to the role of operations manager in STRI's consultancy division, where she supports the growth of new and existing business across the globe.

Annette is an avid Leeds United fan and spends most of her spare time either watching football or going to live gigs.

Andrew Brooker

Andrew Brooker

Business development director

Andrew has worked in the sports turf industry in the UK, New Zealand and in Australia for over 20 years. He spent his early career on golf courses before moving in to the turf seed industry servicing warm and cool season climates.

Andrew joined STRI in 2015 in as head of business development and regularly works overseas developing our company internationally, he has a range of qualifications in sports turf and international business. He was appointed Group director in August 2020.

Andrew is married and has three daughters. They live in the beautiful Shropshire hills where they enjoy country walks and sports.

Gareth Walters

Gareth Walters

Financial controller

Gareth joined STRI in 2016 having spent eight years working in private equity in London.

As financial controller, Gareth has responsibility for the financial performance of the international group and he also oversees the company’s IT and systems.

Gareth is a CIMA qualified accountant with an MSc in Management and a BA(Hons) in History. Outside of work he divides his time between his young family, rugby and motorsport.

Scott Allen

Scott Allen

Head of marketing and communications

Scott joined STRI in 2016 after spending over 15 years as a journalist, editor, digital marketer and product manager working alongside some of biggest brands in the UK including Orange, Liverpool and Manchester City.

He now leads STRI Group's marketing, communications, events and social media across the globe.

In his spare time Scott is a published children's author; his novels Llama United and Llamas Go Large are available in all good bookshops.

Lisa Gatherum

Lisa Gatherum

Client services manager

Lisa worked in the finance industry for ten years in the Commercial Mortgages department at Bradford & Bingley.

Lisa joined STRI in 2011 as a PA for the Agronomy Services Team and now leads STRI’s Client Services Team.

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