Bionema Appoints Andrew Turnbull

Bionema Appoints Andrew Turnbull: Bionema Group Ltd, winner of the King’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation 2024, is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Turnbull as Biological Technical Specialist.

Andrew joins the team with an impressive 25 years of experience as a turf professional, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company. Before joining, Andrew was at Biotechnica as a Business Development Manager. Andrew’s appointment starts in his role on July 8th, 2024.

Bionema Appoints Andrew Turnbull

Bionema Appoints Andrew Turnbull

Bionema is a leading biocontrol technology company specialising in developing and producing natural products to protect crops, improve plant health, and reduce reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilisers. With a solid commitment to sustainability and innovation, Bionema collaborates with research institutions and industry partners to deliver effective and environmentally friendly solutions to the agricultural sector.

Andrew’s academic background includes a BSc (Hons.) and a Master of Research in plant sciences. His career has been distinguished by his pioneering work in using plant and soil biostimulants, particularly in the UK and European turfgrass markets. Andrew has demonstrated exceptional abilities in identifying challenges that growers, farmers, and turfgrass managers face, sourcing potential solutions, and implementing innovative treatments for optimal plant growth and health.

Andrew will work closely with existing and new markets in his new role, leveraging his extensive experience to enhance plant health through optimised rhizosphere interactions, plant nutrition, and natural responses to pest and disease attacks. His expertise will be instrumental in advancing Bionema’s mission to promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Dr Minshad Ansari, CEO and Founder of Bionema commented on the appointment: “We are excited to welcome Andrew to the Bionema team. His vast experience and innovative approach to plant health and biostimulants align perfectly with our goals. Andrew’s appointment will significantly strengthen our capabilities and expand our reach in delivering sustainable solutions to our clients.”

Andrew Turnbull expressed his enthusiasm for the new role: “I am excited to join Bionema and contribute to their pioneering efforts in sustainable agriculture. I look forward to working with the team to develop and implement cutting-edge biostimulant solutions that enhance plant health and productivity.”

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Sam Lewis appointed by AriensCo

Sam Lewis appointed by AriensCo: Sam Lewis has been appointed as AriensCo’s new UK Sales Manager. Sam, who has worked in the sales industry for over a decade, brings with him a decorated career spanning energy, finance and education. His appointment will bolster AriensCo’s continued drive to build new relationships with customers and dealers in the UK as well as across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The new appointment comes as part of AriensCo’s constant investment into its operations in EMEAA. Since 2019, AriensCo has invested heavily in product development, engineering and manufacturing while also acquiring German high grass, slopes and mulching specialty brand AS-Motor. These decisions have made AriensCo one of the largest and fastest growing outdoor power equipment brands throughout EMEAA.

Sam Lewis appointed by AriensCo

Sam Lewis appointed by AriensCo

Sam’s core responsibilities will include overseeing communication with new and existing dealers, helping dealers grow their business and supporting dealers in every aspect of their corporate lifecycle.

Brad Stiles, Vice President of Sales EMEAA said, “AriensCo continues to experience phenomenal growth throughout Europe, and further afield, thanks to our mission of providing products and services that meet the needs of our customers. Sam’s credentials and wide-ranging experience makes him the perfect person to spearhead our extensive range of Ariens and AS-Motor commercial and domestic outdoor power equipment.”

On his appointment, Sam Lewis said, “I’m very excited to be joining AriensCo and am looking forward to continuing the good work that has come before me. I can’t wait to meet and get to know our dealership network so that together we can develop sales strategies that will enable continued growth and high levels of customer satisfaction.”

Sam will report to Brad Stiles, Vice President of Sales EMEAA.

To contact Sam, email him at slewis@ariensco.com or call 07976 833761.

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Come on Ian!

Come on Ian!

Come on Ian!: Ian Darler’s extraordinary challenge of walking the distance from London to Qatar in time for the start of the World Cup is on track with the goal finally coming into view.

The Cambridge United Head Groundsman set himself the target of walking the 3228 miles to Qatar in aid of mental health charity SHOUT 85258 back in March and since then Ian has been clocking up the miles on a daily basis – many swallowed up cutting the Abbey Stadium pitch.

Come on Ian!

Come on Ian!

“It looks like I am still on schedule to complete the walk and Cambridge United are arranging for me to walk from Parkers Piece football monument in the centre of Cambridge to the Abbey Stadium on Saturday 19th November when we play Accrington Stanley,” explained Ian, who will have taken approximately eight million steps by the time he completes his walk.

 

Anyone wishing to support Ian in his fundraising can visit www.cambridgecharityfundraisers.com to make a donation.

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Stuart Yarwood MG takes the reins

Stuart Yarwood MG takes the reins: DLF Seeds are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Stuart Yarwood MG. Stuarts role as Regional Technical Sales Manager will see him working closely with both customers and distributors across the North West of the UK, providing advice and support on the Masterline and Johnsons Sports Seed ranges.    

After completing his HND in Golf Course Management at Reaseheath College, Stuart spent two years in Golf Course construction before taking up his first greenkeeping role as Deputy Course Manager at Delamere Forest Golf Club. Following this, he spent 17 years as Course Manager at Lymm Golf Club where he specialised in traditional and sustainable turf management. Along with practical experience, Stuart also achieved his Master Greenkeeper certificate in 2010 and is one of only seven people in the world to have gained the R&A Gold Scholar Award for his role in the facilitation of the R&A Scholars programme.

Stuart Yarwood MG takes the reins

Stuart Yarwood MG takes the reins

Stuart’s years of practical experience and technical know-how then went on to set him up for a role in sales, where he provided agronomic support to customers across all sporting disciplines, before further developing this with some time spent in sports turf contracting & consulting. He joined DLF in February 2021. Commenting on his appointment, Stuart said, “Joining DLF was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. My late father always said, ‘If I was to be a car mechanic, be a car mechanic for Rolls Royce’. DLF are the Rolls Royce of the seed world, providing the very best range for natural playing surfaces. I am very passionate about sharing my knowledge and am looking forward to being able to do that in my new role, helping others to deliver the best surfaces possible.”

Amenity Sales & Marketing Manager Derek Smith added, “We are very excited to have someone with Stuart’s level of knowledge, experience and passion joining the technical team. Stuart spent the first few weeks in his role working closely with John Hughes to get a thorough understanding of both the product range and the specific needs of accounts in his territory.”

Stuart lives in Cheshire with his fiancée and three children. In his spare time he enjoys DIY, practicing some admittedly hit and miss magic tricks and exploring nature – which he’s hoping to do with a four-legged companion very soon.

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Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens: Richie Stephens has been appointed to the position of Sales Executive for Soil Scout, effective from 4 January 2021. In his new role Richie will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities and generating sales, whilst also developing existing customer and reseller relationships.

Richie will be working alongside Soil Scout’s VP of International Sales, Adam Sedgwick.

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Prior to his new position, Richie was Course Manager at Ringway Golf Club in Cheshire and previously Head Greenkeeper at Flixton Golf Club. Richie has spent much of his career in management roles building fantastic relationships with fellow greenkeepers, groundsmen and contractors from across all sports. He has also been commended for demonstrating a forward thinking approach to his work and embracing new technologies and better working practices.

Richie commented: “I am delighted to be joining Soil Scout at a really exciting time for the company. I’m looking forward to working with a great team promoting the huge benefits of such an innovative product. It’s a change of direction for me, but I hope to bring my 20-years experience in the sports turf industry to help Soil Scout’s customers achieve their soil monitoring goals.”

Commenting upon the appointment, Soil Scout CEO Jalmari Talola said: “We are delighted to welcome Richie to the Soil Scout team. He joins us with a wealth of industry knowledge and will be a huge asset to our relatively small but fast-growing operation.”

Adam Sedgwick commented: “We are really pleased to be able to appoint someone with Richie’s understanding and enthusiasm for the industry. He demonstrated a real passion for our remote real-time soil monitoring products and he’s a highly driven individual who will bring a new dynamic to the sales team.”

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New Infinicut Territory Sales Manager

New Infinicut Territory Sales Manager: Stephen Shaw has been announced as the new Territory Sales Manager for the INFINICUT® and TMSystem™ product ranges.

A well-known industry face, Stephen returns to the UK after spending the last 10 years of his career in Qatar, to support the continued growth of the collections, in use at leading golf venues and sports stadia worldwide.

New Infinicut Territory Sales Manager

New Infinicut Territory Sales Manager

In Qatar, Stephen worked at a main Toro dealership and Doha Golf Club, before taking on the role of Machinery Division Manager at Nakheel Landscapes which is where, over the last three years, he worked alongside John Coleman of INFINICUT® to spec machinery for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. When travel restrictions came into force earlier in the year, Stephen returned to his roots in Northumberland and the opportunity arose to use his acquired knowledge to support to dealers and customers across the North of England, Scotland and Ireland – along with spearheading exports and the construction of a worldwide dealer network.

“Joining the INFINICUT® team is hugely exciting” comments Stephen. “It is a quality British-built product, driven by technology that demonstrates a real understanding of what is required by today’s turf care professionals. It quickly became evident to me, working together with John and the INFINICUT® product, that this range is very much the future of the mower industry. Their engineering prowess continues across the multi-functional TMSystem™ collection, which delivers versatility, durability and precision to a wide variety of turf maintenance activities.”

Although Stephen only joined in the middle of September, he has already utilised his many international connections to remotely establish dealers in India, Thailand and South Korea and he looks forward to supporting these, and others, with product and sales training as and when travel restrictions ease.

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STIHL’s Robin Lennie retires

STIHL’s Robin Lennie retires: STIHL Great Britain today announces the retirement of long-standing Managing Director Robin Lennie at the end of the year.

Robin joined the company in 1990 as Finance Director and Company Secretary and was promoted to Managing Director in 2008. Having studied Accountancy, Law & Economics at The University of Glasgow, Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978 and as an IOD Chartered Director in 2006.

STIHL's Robin Lennie retires

STIHL’s Robin Lennie retires

Robin leaves STIHL Great Britain in excellent financial health and during his tenure as Managing Director, the company has increased turnover from £57m in 2008 to over £109m in 2019.

Robin retires with many exciting plans including exploring even more of the world with his wife and travel companion Liz.

STIHL Great Britain is delighted to announce the appointment of new Managing Director Kay Green. Kay has a successful track record in sales and marketing and joins STIHL from Hasbro UK Ltd where she is Country Manager for UK and Ireland.

Kay Green will join STIHL on 1 March until which point Financial Director, Nick Burroughs will act as Interim Managing Director.

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Former SISIS Sales Director Arthur Harrison passes away

Former SISIS Sales Director Arthur Harrison passes away: Former SISIS sales director Arthur Harrison has sadly passed away earlier this month, aged 88.

His career at SISIS spanned over 30 years, beginning in 1960 initially as assistant sales office manager when the company was based at Cheadle, Stockport, before being appointed sales director in 1979 until his retirement in 1996.

Former SISIS Sales Director Arthur Harrison passes away

Former SISIS Sales Director Arthur Harrison passes away

Arthur was renowned as being one of the turfcare industry’s true gentlemen and largely responsible for building a strong SISIS dealer network throughout Western Europe in the 1970’s and expanding export into Asia, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Arthur had since enjoyed the 24 years since his retirement caravanning, cruising and spending time with family and friends before passing away peacefully on 2nd November 2020.

Everyone at SISIS wish to extend our condolences to his family at this sad time.

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Bayer ES appoints new digital marketing specialist

Bayer ES appoints new digital marketing specialist: Bayer Environmental Science has appointed a new digital marketing specialist to support the business as they move towards more digital offerings.

Formerly working for a Cambridge-based B2B marketing agency, Freddie Bendall-Brown has an extensive background in digital marketing and experience of building digital and brand strategies.

Bayer ES appoints new digital marketing specialist

Bayer ES appoints new digital marketing specialist

“I’ve worked in digital marketing for many years with expertise in several areas from social media to website development,” says Freddie.

“My previous roles have allowed me to gain experience with a wide range of audiences and has given me valuable background in the digital sphere,” he explains.

The new appointment coincides with the roll out of Bayer’s new Digital Pest Management system. This new service has been developed to help revolutionise large scale pest control.

“It’s exciting to work for a company that wants to make a positive impact, invest in innovation and that’s driven to keep moving the turf and pest control sectors forward,” says Freddie.

“The sector is incredibly active on digital platforms, especially social media, which highlights significant opportunities for the company. I’m keen to engage with the industry and with those working at operational level to help stimulate a two-way dialogue and showcase the breadth of Bayer’s expertise.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team at Bayer to introduce a greater range of digital offerings,” adds Freddie.

Alan Morris, Bayer head of environmental science, says the team are thrilled to have Freddie on board.

“Freddie’s expertise in digital marketing will support the delivery of Bayer’s high-quality solutions to customers and will be invaluable in the future with our continued commitment to develop new innovative solutions,” concludes Alan.

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Bernhard’s new Director of Finance and Operations

Bernhard’s new Director of Finance and Operations: Bernhard Company has appointed Patrick Collins as its new director of finance and operations.

Patrick Collins, who joined Bernhard in September, will oversee finance and operations at Bernhard Company’s manufacturing plant, based in Haverhill.

Bernhard's new Director of Finance and Operations

Bernhard’s new Director of Finance and Operations

He has worked in a variety of industries, and his financial experience in manufacturing companies such as Telefonica UK Ltd, BWI UK Limited and   Honda UK will bring valuable experience to the team. Patrick is a keen golfer, and he also coaches Rugby and Cricket; his interest in sports will be a great asset to Bernhard Company in him understanding our industry.

Bernhard and Company Chairman, Stephen Bernhard, said: “Patrick joins us at a challenging time, we are all very excited to welcome him into the business, his skills and experience will reinforce our ambitious strategy.”

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