Matt Cresswell (B.Agr Production and Management)
Matt joins SSDM having over 20 years experience within the sports turf industry. He has worked at a regional government level as the Auckland Council Sports Turf Advisor (for 10 years) and more recently as a Consultant for P.R.I Consultants. Matt's broad wealth of experience within the sports turf sector has provided him with an invaluable insight and understanding of the value of community recreation, local government's responsibilities and the technical challenges involved in delivering appropriate sports turf and recreation facilities.
A major focus of Matt's role within SSDM is to identify and foster further relationships between SSDM and the wider turf-related industry and in so doing benefit both the Consultancy and the New Zealand sports turf industry.
Blair Cornthwaite (GradDipRurStud)
Senior Designer - Principle contact for Sports Fields and Council
Blair has 22 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 also focuses on sports surface condition assessment, monitoring and testing of natural and artificial turf surfaces.
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.