Chief Executive Officer
CRAIG WOOD (B.Comm, Grad. Dip. Frontline Management, Organisational Leadership)
Profile: Growing up in the Ballarat, Craig entered the turf industry as an apprentice at Mt Xavier Golf & Bowling Club. After seven years there he ventured into the hospitality industry during which time he undertook a commerce degree. His next move was to Aventis, which would become Bayer, where he would spend nearly nine years working in a sales and marketing capacity for the company’s turf, forestry and industrial vegetation management sectors. Wood’s most recent role was as a business development manager with FMC Australasia before assuming the role of AGCSA CEO in the first week of October 2016.
Mobile: 0436 007 782
ANDREW PEART (B. Appl. Sci. Hort, Grad. Dip. Hort.), Senior Agronomist
Profile: Andrew joined the AGCSA from Turfgrass Technology in 2002 and heads up AGCSA's technical division AGCSATech. Andrew is responsible for the smooth running of AGCSATech's daily operations which include soil, water and tissue testing, disease diagnosis and contract research. Click here to find out more about the services that AGCSATech offers.
Mobile: 0422 418 038
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.
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.
Mobile: 0415 322 213
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 2005 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.
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.
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.
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.