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Spring leaps into operations role

News, Research / 20th December 2017

STRI Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Christian Spring as its new Research Operations Manager.


STRI’s UK research facility


Christian, who joined STRI as a soil scientist in 2005, will take the lead in coordinating all research and staff management at STRI’s research facility in West Yorkshire as well as liaising with STRI’s two research facilities in Australia and Qatar.

Since 2014, Christian has managed research in a wide variety of subject areas, including sports surface construction and drainage, turfgrass nutrition, sports turf management, use of wetting agents, surface performance assessment and machinery testing. He also runs STRI’s FACTS and NMP courses and assists with the teaching on BASIS certificates in amenity horticulture.

Christian will be supporting global head of research, Dr Ruth Mann, in working closely with the Aspire Sports Turf operation in Qatar and STRI Group’s Melbourne-based business, SportsTurf Consultants, who recently appointed Sam Myott as their general manager.

Dr Ruth Mann, said: “I am thrilled Christian has been appointed as Operations Manager. He brings a wealth of experience in research trials and I am excited to be working with him as we grow in new territories and markets.”

Meanwhile in STRI’s advisory team Stella Rixon, Adam Newton, Emma Beggs and Conor Nolan have become senior agronomists with effect from 1 December.