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Ruth’s science career began by studying BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences at the University of Ulster before progressing to a MSc. in Crop Protecion at Scottish Agricultural College.
After completion of a Plant Pathology PhD at Harper Adams University College, Ruth joined the forage grass testing section of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland.
Ruth's career at STRI started in 2001 when she became a turfgrass pathologist. She progressed to Head of turfgrass Protection in 2008 and became Head of research in 2013.
After gaining his PhD investigating the structural effects of earthworms on soil, Christian joined STRI’s Research Team in 2005 as a soil scientist and for the past seven years has worked as a research manager.
Christian’ current role is as STRI’s research operation manager, whose role is to oversee the day-to-day operations of STRI’s UK Research Team.
Christian leads research into a wide variety of subject areas, including sports surface construction and drainage, turfgrass nutrition, sports turf management, use of wetting agents and pesticides, surface performance assessment and machinery testing.
Among his roles, Christian also leads STRI’s BASIS, FACTS and NMP courses. Christian is a passionate communicator of science and can regularly be found giving talks to turf managers at various industry events.
Tom arrived at STRI in 2014 with a PhD in Biological Sciences, specialising in the optimisation of green roof substrate for sustainable plant growth and specific service provision.
He first role was as a research manager overseeing the day to day running of research projects involving collection, analysis and reporting of data. Tom was promoted to Technology Manager in 2018, and now takes the lead in co-ordinating development of innovative services and products for new and existing markets.
Tom is an Aston Villa fan and enjoys spending time walking and camping in the countryside.
Mark is a research manager who has been with STRI for 18 years.
He is STRI’s resident tennis expert and manages research and consultancy projects for The All England Club and The Lawn Tennis Association.
Mark also manages product trials, including efficacy and crop safety (ORETO 136) and grass selection trials.
Ian joined STRI as a trainee groundsman, where he went on to complete his level 3 sports turf management course. He was promoted to trials ground supervisor in 2006, taking charge of the daily running of all the trial areas.
Now grounds and facilities manager he is responsible for the maintenance of the trials grounds and the facilities at STRI headquarters in Bingley.
Matt joined the STRI UK Research team just before Easter 2018. After completing his business studies degree he worked on a graduate scheme with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
Before joining STRI, he carried out research field trials with NIAB-TAG in Agriculture, working with a wide variety of crops. His main trial included forage grasses for silage and grazing purposes.
Outside of work he follows most sports and is part of a charity that is aimed at helping young people get into and participate in sport. Matt plays rugby, cricket, golf and occasionally hits the mountains for a bit of skiing.
Aaron Fawbert joined STRI as an apprentice groundsman in 2016, and has since progressed to the role of Trials Officer.
He started his turf industry career as a greenkeeper at Northcliffe golf club in Shipley and has a horticulture educational background.
In his spare time Yorkshire-born Aaron spends time with his young family and likes to eat out, sampling as many unusual dishes from around the world as he can; he's even tried cuisine from Lancashire!
Daniel is now on his second stint at STRI, after rejoining the business in September 2017. The magnetic draw of the turf industry luring him back from a teacher training.
He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Leeds and will be helping the research department develop and deliver an educational programme for Aspire Sports Turf in Qatar as part of the 2022 World Cup.
A proud Yorkshireman who lives in Saltaire with his partner and stepson. He enjoys long walks in the stunning Yorkshire countryside with his trusty camera.
After gaining an Agricultural Science degree from the University of Leeds Fiona worked in agriculture and horticulture before joining STRI in 1995.
Fiona manages grass testing trials for the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) and UK based trials for the French grass testing programme. Data from the BSPB trials are used to produce the Turfgrass Seed booklet published annually in January.
Away from work Fiona belongs to the small bunch of, slightly eccentric, British cross-country skiers and is a huge fan of hill walking.
Sam joined STRI as a trials officer in May 2018, following a successful four month internship as part of our summer 'research student training programme' back in 2017.
He graduated with a MEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford. and will now be helping the research department with the delivery of trials at STRI's Bingley HQ.
Outside of work he is a very keen rugby league follower, having played for the past 12 years, and also follows Leeds United. He also enjoys curries and a nice cup of tea, though not at the same time.