Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer

MARK UNWIN

Profile: Mark started with the AGCSA in late September 2017 and arrived with an extensive business background, his most recent role that of general manager at Melbourne-based Blitz Publications and Multimedia Group. The media organisation specialised in the production of a number of magazines, including Golf Magazine, as well as running events and seminars in the sport, health and fitness industries. Prior to Blitz, Mark worked for leading business marketing company Sensis for more than 14 years, rising to be national operations manager in his final five years.  In addition to his work around Australia, Mark also spent a great deal of time overseas in New Zealand, the USA, India and the Philippines, working in the areas of customer experience, management consultancy and sales. Mark’s previous experience also includes sales management, strategy, finance and operations leadership in the advertising and media industry.
Email: mark@agcsa.com.au
Mobile: 0438 320 919

Accounts and Administration

PHILIP HORSBURGH, Accountant

Profile: Philip has been the AGCSA's part-time accountant since 2002 and ensures the association's books are all in order. Starting his career in the drycleaning industry, Philip has an extensive background in accountancy and spent 10 years with Electrolux before joining the AGCSA.
Email: philip@agcsa.com.au

ALLISON JENKINS, Membership Coordinator 

Profile: Allison initially joined the AGCSA team in April 2010 to assist with the Gold Coast conference and proved so valuable that she was offered a part-time role with the AGCSA as an administrative assistant. It was a return to the workforce after seven years of being a stay-at-home mum. Prior to that Allison was a PA to a professor of a university/hospital department at the Austin Hospital for 20 years.
Email: admin@agcsa.com.au

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BRUCE MACPHEE (Dip. Sports Turf Management), Environmental Agronomist

Profile: Bruce has over 30 years’ experience in the turf industry and joined the AGCSA in June 2016. Bruce’s turf management career began as an apprentice at Patterson River Golf Club in the mid-1980s and after completing that had small stints at Dandenong Central Bowling Club and Devil Bend Golf Club. In 1993 he joined Peninsula Country Golf Club, rising to the role of assistant superintendent (five years) and superintendent (two years). Between 2002 and 2012 Bruce was a turf management lecturer at Chisholm Institute of TAFE where he taught the Certificate II and III Sports Turf Management and Parks and Gardens courses and was also responsible for the development and delivery of the Diploma in Sports Turf Management. In 2012 he joined Evergreen Turf as a project manager where he was responsible for the successful development and implementation of large scale construction projects, including the new $72 million Pakenham racecourse.
Email: bruce@agcsa.com.au
Mobile: 0409 183 710

Events and Education

SIMONE STAPLES, Events and Education Manager

Profile: Simone took over the key role of AGCSA events and education manager in 2007 after working in an admin capacity part-time. Simone, a former administration manager for the Victorian branch of the TGAA, is now responsible for putting together the AGCSA's major events, including the annual Australian Turfgrass Conference and roving workshops, as well as AGCSA education and accreditation. Simone also plays a critical role with the National Turf Education Working Group of which the AGCSA is secretariat.
Email: simone@agcsa.com.au
Mobile: 0415 322 213

Publications

BRETT ROBINSON (B. Communications Studies), Editor

Profile: The token Kiwi of the office, Brett joined the AGCSA in a part-time capacity in 2003 as editor of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal (ATM). His role became full-time in 2004 and now encompasses the range of AGCSA publications, including ATM, The Cut e-mail newsletter and website management. Brett has twice won the Tom Ramsey Award for excellence in journalism at the annual Australian Golf Media Awards, first in 2009 for his coverage of the Black Saturday bushfires and again in 2011 for his article on Cottesloe Golf Club superintendent Simon Bourne.
Email: brett@agcsa.com.au
Mobile: 0434 144 779

JO CORNE, Art Director

Profile: Completing the Tri Nations flavour of the AGCSA office, South African-born Jo is responsible for the design and production of the suite of AGCSA publications and promotional material, including the association's flagship journal Australian Turfgrass Management. Jo joined the AGCSA in November 2004 after the association made the decision to bring the design of the magazine in-house.
Email: jo@agcsa.com.au

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