Matt Cresswell (B.Agr Production and Management)
Matt joined SSDM in 2014 with over 20 years’ experience within the sports turf industry having worked in a range of turf industry roles including stadia, sports turf contracting, turf product supply, local government and for the past 6 years in agronomic consultancy.
Matt's broad wealth of experience within the sports turf sector has provided him with an invaluable insight and understanding into the value of professional and community recreation, local government's responsibilities and the technical challenges involved in delivering high quality sports turf and recreation facilities.
A major focus of Matt's role within SSDM is to identify and foster further relationships between the Consultancy and the wider turf-related industry and in so doing benefit both SSDM and the New Zealand sports turf industry.
Blair Cornthwaite (GradDipRurStud)
Blair joined SSDM in 2011 and has 30 years of practical experience in the golf and turf industries and brings a significant amount of experience in warm season turfgrass management to the consultancy. He has spent the bulk of his professional career working with couchgrass, seashore paspalum and zoysia grasses on golf courses in Asia.
Blair is the Senior Designer for SSDM and provides CAD drawings and design documentation. Blair also manages the SSDM laboratory providing material and nutrient analysis (MLSN) for golf and sports turf use.
Sports Turf Consultant
Mike has 18 years experience across turf, landscaping and project management. The majority of Mike’s experience has been the construction and management of sportsfields and he has a particular passion for the sport of cricket. Mike is currently assisting the SSDM team on the design and delivery of sportsfield upgrades for the Christchurch City Council and has undertaken a number of Cricket Field assessments for New Zealand Cricket.