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Damian Hough Appointed to the Board of Australian Sports Turf Managers Association

Tuesday 04, Aug 2020


The Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to make a significant announcement today, with the appointment of Damian Hough, Head Curator at the Adelaide Oval, to the Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA). 

One of the most experienced and accomplished Sports Turf Managers in Australia; Hough is the Head Curator at the prestigious Adelaide Oval and has been involved in the sports turf management industry for over 26 years. 

Hough has been a member of the Grounds Department at the Adelaide Oval since 1996, progressing to the role of Head Curator in July 2010 and completing his Advanced Diploma in Sports Turf Management in 2011.  Throughout that time, Damian has overseen the complete redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval playing surfaces, including the successful introduction of drop in pitches and the reconstruction and transition of the playing surface to Ryegrass. 

“I believe it is a significant step forward for the association to have Damian join the Board” said Association President, Brett Balloch. “Having Damian come on board is a further sign of the unification of the industry, strengthening of the association and continues our efforts to be more representative of our membership”. 

In an unusual year filled with uncertainty, the Board has been heavily engaged in guiding the Association through COVID-19 challenges for the team, for members and the turf industry. The Board and Executive have been focusing on the challenges faced, as well as emerging opportunities and our future strategic direction. 

A member of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association for almost 15 years, the co-opted appointment of Damian as the Head Curator at one of Australia’s leading and most iconic stadiums, will bring new skills and knowledge to the Board in the area of Sportsfields & Grounds management and assist greatly with the delivery of the Associations’ strategic plan over the next few years. 

“The turf industry is very close to my heart and I am really looking forward to be an active member of the ASTMA Board, assisting with meeting the strategic goals and plans” said Damian Hough on his appointment.  “I am extremely grateful to be asked to sit on the Board and work closely with a passionate Board and diverse staff”. 

Co-option of Board members assist in ensuring the Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association are a true reflection and representation of our broad membership and to continue to deliver benefits for members and advancing the interests of the Sports Turf Management industry. 

Importantly, Damian has consistently displayed a profound respect for the role of all Sports Turf Managers and the industry, and joins a Board dedicated to continue connecting and driving the profession forward.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have a turf manager and person the calibre of Damian join the Board” said Mark Unwin, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association.  “A turf manager of his knowledge and experience will complement the Board perfectly, and his desire to see the industry evolve will assist greatly in our desire to work collectively toward highlighting the important contribution that Sports Turf Managers make to sport and recreation right across the country” 

Hough will join the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Board effective Thursday 13th August 2020.


Damian Hough presenting at the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Turf Seminar in 2019